Oktoberfest Zinzinnati gets underway

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Festivities kicked off at 11:00 a.m. Saturday on Fountain Square and six blocks along Fifth Street.

The opening ceremony included remarks from Mayor Mark Mallory, Munich Councilwoman Christiane Hacker and music from Bavarian band Musikkapelle Hopfenblaesers.

Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Morgan took the stage at 1:30 p.m. to lead the crowd in the World's Largest Chicken Dance.

The World Bratwurst Eating Championship is at 4:00 p.m.

Oktoberfest runs until 12:00 a.m. Saturday and 11:00 to 10:00 on Sunday.

Plenty of parking is available for Oktoberfest, but traffic is restricted downtown.

Vine, Walnut, Sycamore and Main streets are closed between Fourth and Sixth streets. Race Street between Fifth and Sixth streets and Fifth Street between Race and Broadway are shut down.

Metro buses will take detours around the closures. $1 parking is available at downtown parking lots and garages. There's also a shuttle from locations in Northern Kentucky. Find more details here.

About 500,000 people are expected to attend Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati, which is the largest celebration of its kind in the country. It's second only to the original Oktoberfest in Munich in the world. In a typical year, about 80,000 brats are consumed during Oktoberfest.

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