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.
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. In 2014, brothers and Zinzinnati natives Drew and Nick Lachey of 98 degrees led the dance and also participated in the Stein Hoisting and Bratwurst eating contests. Who else has led the Chicken Dance at Oktoberfest?