For Immediate Release
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
The annual Oktoberfest celebration sponsored by Deutsches Haus, a non-profit organization that has been celebrating and preserving German heritage and culture, will be held this year at River Town in Kenner.
Deutsches Haus and its members have been celebrating German culture and tradition in New Orleans since its creation in 1928. Oktoberfest, historically held at the Deutsches Hause’ former location in downtown New Orleans, has been the group’s signature event, drawing thousands of visitors and participants each year. Deutsches Haus was forced to relocate last year and has set up temporary operations at the American Legion Hall on Ridgewood drive in Metairie. This temporary location, however, is not equipped to handle the food, dance, and drink that have become the staples of Oktoberfest.
To fill this void, Kenner Mayor Michael S. Yenni has offered River Town as a venue for Oktobersfest 2011.
“We look forward to welcoming the Oktoberfest to the City of Kenner and hope it’s a huge success,” Yenni said. “We look forward to the opportunity to spotlight Rivertown”.
The celebration will take place Oct. 14-17 and 21-23.
Bringing record crowds last year, Oktoberfest, has become more than a place to try great German beer, but also Haus-made German food, live Polka and oompah music, and the now-famous German chicken dance. Oktoberfest’s hours will be from 4-11 p.m. on Friday Oct. 14 and 21, from noon-11 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 15 and 22, and from noon-8 p.m. on Sunday Oct. 16 and 23.