Annual Pup Parade

October 9, 2021

We love our dogs at Oktoberfest! While the dachshunds take center stage in their Derby on Sunday, all dogs are welcome to participate in the Annual Pup Parade. Owners & their pets, dressed in costume, parade across the Main Stage at the corner of 5th Ave N and Jefferson Street. Festival goers love seeing the zany costumes these dogs wear as they march down the street. After the parade, the judges vote and award prizes to the dogs/owners in 3 different categories. Festival goers choose the “Crowd Favorite.” Come out and watch, then help pick the winners!

At 1:00 pm on Saturday, the world’s largest chicken dance will take place at the Main Stage followed immediately by The Pup Parade.


Want to march in the parade with your pet? We’d love to have you and furry friend join us….there are even prizes! Use the link at the bottom of this page to register.


All dogs welcome, costumes encouraged but not required.

  • Online Registration Deadline: 11PM on Friday

  • Fee per Pet: $30 in advance or $35 day of parade.

  • Registrations also accepted in person at the Nashville Oktoberfest on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Red Rover tent on Jefferson Street.


Prizes will be awarded for the following categories:

  • Best German Costume

  • Best Costume (Dog & Handler)

  • Best “Naked Dog” – No Costume (Leash Required)

  • Crowd Favorite Dog


Winners in each category receive the following prizes:

  • $100 Gift Card from Red Rover Pet Services

  • Free Dinner for 2 from a Germantown restaurant

Pup Parade Registration Form

Parade date and time: Saturday, October 9th at 1:00 PM
Parade starting location: 4th Ave. N. & Jefferson Street, Nashville TN

Fee per pet: $30 in advance or $35 day of parade.

Entries will be accepted 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Saturday, October 9th at the Red Rover booth. The first 50 prepaid registrations for the Pup Parade will receive a Parade t-shirt.
Rules required for participation:

  • All dogs must have current rabies vaccination.
  • All participants must sign the waiver form.
  • Each dog must have a handler capable of controlling her/his pet(s).
  • Leashes are required and may not exceed 6 feet in length.
  • Female dogs in any state of heat may not participate.
  • Dogs or people whose behavior is unruly or may prove harmful to participants, other dogs or spectators, will be asked to leave.
  • Participants must clean up after their pet(s).

*Proceeds benefit Crossroads Campus, our charity partner