Chicken Dance

The 2018 World's Largest Chicken Dance will be led by Grand Marshal
Thane Maynard, Director of the Cincinnati Zoo!

Thane will:

  • Start the Running of the Wieners, Friday, September 21 at 11 a.m. on Freedom Way between Walnut and Rosa Parks
  • Lead the World’s Largest Chicken Dance (with surprise guests), Sunday, September 23, noon at the Oktoberfest Zinzinnati Main Stage & Sam Adams Bier Garten, Second and Elm Streets.

Thane Maynard is internationally known for his dedication to wildlife preservation, research and education. He has authored more than a dozen books, including one about baby hippo Fiona. He has been sharing science and environmental news via his nationally-syndicated radio program, “The 90-Second Naturalist,” for thirty years. Maynard’s travels to promote biological diversity, natural history and wildlife conservation have spanned five continents and earned him a membership in the Explorers Club.

One of the favorite events at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is the World's Largest Chicken dance. Join thousands of dancers for a few choruses of the Chicken Dance.

Sunday, September 23, 2018
Sam Adams Main Stage at 2nd & Elm

The Chicken Dance has become an annual tradition at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. In 1994, the Crown Prince of Bavaria attended Oktoberfest Zinzinnati and helped the event set a world record for the World's Largest Chicken Dance, with 48,000 participating. This achievement was documented in the Guinness Book of Records, 1995-97 editions.

History of the Chicken Dance
Widely known as the Chicken Dance, this dance song was composed by Werner Thomas in the 1970s in Davos, Switzerland, and was originally entitled Der Ententanz, which means The Duck Dance, but became known as the Vogeltanz, Chicken Dance, and also as Dance Little Bird. There were many versions of this that became hit songs, but the song and dance have had the greatest longevity in the U.S., where it has become a popular German heritage song.

Oktoberfest Grand Marshal
Each year, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati appoints a Grand Marshal who is tasked with the leading the world's largest Chicken Dance.

Who else has led the Chicken Dance at Oktoberfest?