The Chicken Dance
World's Largest Chicken Dance
Where: Fountain Square
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.
2013's Chicken Dance was hosted and led by none other than George Takei of Star Trek fame! George has more than 40 feature films and hundreds of television roles to his credit, received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame; however, is best known for his most famous role as Sulu on the original Star Trek TV series in addition to six subsequent movies that paid homage to the original show. His recent projects include a musical, Allegiance as well as the book “O Myyy! There Goes the Internet”. Takei was aslo in town as a guest narrator for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra season opening concerts, “The Final Frontier,” at Cincinnati’s Music Hall.
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.
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.
Listen to the Chicken Dance Song
Courtesy St. Celia's Corner
Who else has led the Chicken Dance at Oktoberfest?