Thursday November 1, 2007

Oktoberfest 2007

Photos from Oktoberfest last two weekends at the German American Club of Miami.

One of three zany kraut* bands. Note that these are serious working professionals with repertories of hundreds of songs, and they were doing their “American” set. Anyone for Achy-breaky heart with German accents?

The club’s main hall, tho all the real action was in the huge drinking tent outside (see dancing photo, above).

I’m not sure what’s going on here, but the dude in the hat was absurdly cool. That pitcher’s all for him, and he was drinking straight out of it.

Empty kegs after a single day.

* It has been brought to my attention that ‘kraut’ is considered a slur for the Teutonic peoples. My dictionary says “often,” and but so it should be obvious that in this context it’s NOT intended to be in any way derogatory. (See also, e.g., ‘krautrock,’ which is a wholly non-offensive term). The bands at Oktoberfest were actually Austrian, and I was looking for a casual word to refer to that whole sub-ethnicity so as to not draw attention to this distinction without being technically incorrect. Also, (and I’m not sure if this is relevant) there were large quantities of sauerkraut being consumed, not the least of which was by me.

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