Saturday, October 2, 2010

NSM-AZ does the Tempe Oktoberfest. . . Or should I say, “freakfest”?

The Tempe Oktoberfest was almost like going to a freak show. It was all about making money. Nationwide Insurance, DirecTV and other large and excessively greedy corporations had booths set up there. Perhaps, if I look, I might find a more authentic festival in Mexico. The intense commercialization really turned me off. I had trouble walking along without somebody trying to push stuff I didn't want.

Several NSM members, supporters and myself ventured off to Tempe for the Oktoberfest at the Tempe Town Lake(currently, "mud hole" until re-filled) after meeting up an Irish pub in Phoenix. It was not the sort of Oktoberfest I would have expected. There was quite a bit of diversity for what was once a primarily German festival. The pictures I took really speak volumes.

The band played disco, they served Mexican food and I could go on all night. Very little was traditional Oktoberfest. Multiculturalism and diversity is destroying our European heritage and traditions at an incredibly alarming rate. Of course, this disgusts and disappoints me. The only truly German attraction I saw was the polka band. That was it!

This was the first Oktoberfest I attended since visiting the one at Bush Gardens in Williamsburg, VA during 1979. Yes, it’s been a while.

A little Oktoberfest history. . .

The original "Oktoberfest" occurred in Munich, on October 12, 1810. For the public commemoration of their marriage that took place five days before, Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen (namesake of the Theresienwiese festival grounds) organized a great horse race. The event was so successful that it was decided to renew it in 1811.

Oktoberfest history - the fest through the ages

The first Oktoberfest opening procession took place in 1887. Towards the end of the 19th century someone had the great idea of bringing the fest forward a little to take advantage of the friendlier weather.

But it’s still known as Oktoberfest, of course, even though most of it takes place in September. The maze of small stands gave way to large beer tents in 1896.

From what I just read, things have changed way too much. The black guy with the very nappy hair, manning the BBQ made me think of those Mill AV street people that are running for public office on the Green Party Ticket. One look at him completely killed my appetite. People that handle food, should at least be able to pass for human. Although, Mill AV was right around the corner, we didn’t' see any "Bierleichen" (German for "beer corpses").

On the way out, we did encounter an “antifa”, with a dirty green bag slung over his shoulder. He was passing out flyers for a band called “Fuel”. Oddly, the name “New Times” appeared on the flyer. We’ll probably see him counter protesting us at our upcoming rally in November. He’ll be wearing a black hoodie and mask while shouting obscenities at us.

" ... The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a Conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists. The American mind simply has not come to a realization of the evil which has been introduced into our midst." --SPQD Senatus Populusque Dixieland

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