Join a parade

On behalf of the Board of Directors and the Oktoberfest Parade Committee we would like to invite you to participate in the 2020 Oktoberfest Parades!

Registration is open for the 2020 Oktoberfest Parades!

Commercial, non-profit and political units should visit our Parade Application page to apply for your spot. Entries are limited so apply today.

Marching bands should visit the Marching Band Registration page to reserve your spot.

The Torchlight Parade

Thursday, September 24th, 2020
Starts at 7 pm

Entry deadline is August 28th, 2020. No entries allowed after the deadline. NO EXCEPTIONS!


The Maple Leaf Parade

Saturday, September 26th, 2020
Starts at 10 am

Entry deadline is August 28th, 2020. No entries allowed after the deadline. NO EXCEPTIONS!



Congratulations to the 2019 Torchlight Award Winners!

Best Lighted Overall Unit: Trempealeau Lions #37

Best Illuminated Float: Rotary Lights #88

Best Illuminated Marching Unit: West Salem Middle School Band #69

Best Illuminated Critter Unit: La Crosse Sheriff’s Dive Unit #33


Congratulations to the 2019 Maple Leaf Award Winners!

Mrs. Oktoberfest Award for Education: Beats of Freedom #90

Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest Award for Theme Music: Clog Jam #108

Festmaster Award for Visiting Royalty & Festivals: St. Louis Park Parktacular Ambassadors #36

Burgermeister Award for Service Clubs: La Crescent Apple Annies #77

President’s Award for Commercial Units: Hale, Skemp, Hanson, Skemp and Sleik #26

Directors’ Award for Board’s Choice: League of Women Votes of La Crosse Area #82

Parade Committee Award for Overall Theme: The Pearl Ice Cream Parlor & Confectionery #94


Congratulations to the 2019 High School Band Winners!

Class I Winners:

1st Place: Onalaska High School Marching Hilltoppers

2nd Place: Holmen High School Marching Vikings

3rd Place: West Salem High School Marching Panthers

Class II Winners:

1st Place: La Crescent-Hokah High School Marching Lancers

2nd Place: Westby High School Marching Norse

3rd Place: Spring Grove High School Marching Band