Students learn about German culture at Oktoberfest

A couple enjoy the stage at Oktoberfest celebrated on October 7-8, October 14-15 and October 21-22, 2022. Oktoberfest celebrates German culture. Kloe Witt / The Brown (Kloe Witt)

Deutsches Haus in New Orleans rolled out the kegs again in October during their annual Oktoberfest celebration.
The event, intended to celebrate German culture in the city, took place on the second, third and fourth Fridays and Saturdays of October and included stalls offering traditional German dishes, live music from several artists embracing German culture and lots of beer. Since it was a drinking festival, there were also 28 different brands of beer for fans of the event. While beer was not of interest to some, the festival also sold wine and schnapps.
Competitions were also held at the festival, such as one in which contestants competed to be the longest to hold a mug of beer straight in front of them without stopping.
Many festival-goers dressed up in costumes to get into the spirit and potentially enter the costume contests.
Freshman in instrumental performance, Melissa Monjaras, attended the final weekend of the festival. She said it was a wonderful experience well worth the price of $10 admission.
“It was interesting to see the unique way this culture celebrates,” Monjaras said.
Monjaras added that she enjoyed seeing how welcoming everyone was, including festival employees and festival-goers themselves.
“People would come and do the chicken dance with me. It was definitely not what I expected, but it was really fun,” she said.
Monjaras said she felt skeptical of the festival when first asked to attend, although she said she almost instantly felt the ‘good vibes’ while there. . Now, she said she hopes to attend the festival in years to come.
“I can’t wait to come back next year,” Monjaras said.