'Star Trek' actor George Takei to lead mass chicken dance in Cincinnati's Oktoberfest


CINCINNATI — “Star Trek” actor George Takei will get a chance to show off some special dance moves as he leads a mass chicken dance at an annual Cincinnati festival.

Takei will serve as grand marshal of the city’s annual Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati. The 76-year-old actor who portrayed Mr. Sulu in the “Star Trek” TV and film series will lead the chicken dance Sept. 21 on Fountain Square downtown.

Officials say the weekend festival celebrating Cincinnati’s German heritage is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people.

Previous grand marshals have included former Cincinnati Reds stars Tom Browning and Joe Morgan, trumpeter Al Hirt, music satirist Weird Al Yankovic and Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil.

The weekend festival will expand its hours this year by opening Friday night, Sept. 20.