Annual Pup Parade


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, march at the tail end (no pun intended!) of the regular Oktoberfest Parade.  Festival goers love seeing the zany costumes these dogs wear as they march down the street. Following the parade, festival goers vote and award prizes to the dogs/owners in 4 different categories. Come out and watch, then help pick the winners!

Come watch the parade on Saturday at 1:00pm. Parade starts at 4th Ave. N. & Jefferson St. and goes to the stage at 7th and Jefferson St. Judging will follow immediately on the stage.


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 your dog.

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All dogs welcome, costumes encouraged but not required.

  • Online Registration Deadline: 11PM on Friday

  • Fee per Pet: $25 in advance or $30 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 12, 2019 at 1:00 PM
Parade starting location: 4th Ave. N. & Jefferson Street, Nashville TN

Fee per pet: $25 in advance or $30 day of parade.

Entries will be accepted 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Saturday, October 12th 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).