Oktoberfest Zinzinnati sees record-breaking crowd

The Lachey brothers lead the chicken dance on Fountain Square. (FOX19)
The Lachey brothers lead the chicken dance on Fountain Square. (FOX19)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Crowds came out in record-breaking numbers over the weekend to Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, the country's largest Oktoberfest that takes place in the heart of downtown Cincy.

650,000 people attended the festival, according to organizers. That's a nearly 10 percent increase from 2013's record of 600,000.

Representatives say University of Cincinnati homecoming game, the Bengals game at Paul Brown Stadium and perfect weekend weather contributed to the large crowds.

"With so many other great events complementing each other, the entire city shined and we were happy to share the spotlight," said Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber VFP Patrick Sheeran.

Hometown celebs Nick and Drew Lachey were grand marshals of the festival and led thousands in the chicken dance on Fountain Square, a 20-year tradition of Oktoberfest.

"As guys who grew up in Cincinnati, we certainly understand what Oktoberfest means to this city, to this community. And to be asked to be grand marshals and co-grand marshals, it's an incredible honor for us," Nick Lachey said on Saturday.

The Cincinnati Chamber announced on Monday that Oktoberfest Zinzinnati will continue to be held on the third weekend of September in conjunction with Cincinnati's Sister, Munich.

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