“Everybody knows New Orleans for its French and Spanish influences. The Germans have kind of been forgotten,” Keith Oldendorf, president of Deutches Haus told me. “We’ve gone underground,” joked member Charlie Rome.
In fact, Deutsches Haus has been working since 1928 to help change that perception. The German-American charitable and social organization fosters and promotes German heritage and culture in the Crescent City. In keeping with those goals, the group sponsors an annual Oktoberfest. This year’s event was held over two weekends in Kenner’s historic Rivertown area.
Deutsch Haus’ Oktoberfest is family-friendly, with activities for young and old alike. “You have a lot of good German food, a lot of good German beers, German music — the Oom-Pah, things you don’t really traditionally hear or see in New Orleans,” Oldendorf said. “It’s a place to come, enjoy yourself, have a beer, some good bratwurst, and have a good time.”
Deutsches Haus New Orleans: http://deutscheshaus.org