LA CROSSE, WIS — Fallout continues from Monday’s decision to cancel the La Crosse Oktoberfest due to the continued severe risk of contracting COVID-19 in La Crosse County.
“Uggggh!” La Crosse Resident Jim Daniels said. “Are you kidding me!? I am 57 and this is the only thing I look forward to! I can’t believe they would cancel it. I guess the marriage of Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen to Ludwig The First of Bavaria means nothing to you people, apparently.”
The Maple Leaf Parade, one of La Crosse Oktoberfest’s biggest events, is of course now a casualty of 2020’s COVID-19 cancellations. Each year, attendees would try to save their spots along the parade route in advance – sometimes doing so hours or even days in advance – despite police stepping in sometimes to curb that practice, calling it “unnecessary and borderline total loser type behavior”.
Daniels said he’s been saving his spot since April.
“I had the coveted location, the sweet spot… and I wasn’t about to give it up to some dumb family,” Daniels said, beginning to tear up. “It’s right near Copeland Park on top of a hill where you can see everything. It’s perfect because it’s at the part of the parade where you can watch the performers while they’re still excited to be in the parade. Nobody downtown gets to see that.”
Daniels went on to say that he may just leave his tarp down to save his spot for Oktoberfest 2021.
“I think I’ll go out on that weekend this year anyway and sit there at least once for posterity,” he added. “I can pretend the traffic is full of people in lederhosen.”
La Crosse Times Staff contributed to this article.