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Oktoberfest 2012 in South Florida: Celebrations in Lantana, Las Olas, Oakland Park, Boca, and Miami

Oktoberfest is here again, folks. It is the time of year to party like a German in brown leather pants, guzzling endless liters of barley and malt brews. We know -- sporting lederhosen in South Florida's penetrating heat is not a logistical reality, considering the risk of massive chaffing and potential for yeast infections. Traditional attire aside, one thing South Florida does right is throw a proper party. Prost!

Although our part of the country does not sport an extraordinary amount of German descendants, what it lacks in ancestral makeup, it makes up for in bacchanalian desire. Give us any old reason to throw a shindig --we dare you-- and we will be there, looking like beer wenches, swigging our mugs, no matter the occasion. So here we go, toasting to the marriage of some German prince from two hundred years ago. Sounds like a good excuse for a sizable hangover, right?

Look for the list of South Florida's top five Oktoberfest parties, after the jump.

American-German Club of the Palm Beaches' 39th
Annual Oktoberfes

The Skinny: With over 30,000 attendants every year, this is the largest Oktoberfest celebration South Florida has to offer.

When: October 12, 13, 14, 19,20, 21

Cost: Adults $8, Children under 12 with paying adult are admitted free.

The American-German Club of the Palm Beaches throws the longest running and largest Oktoberfest in our area.This is the best fall-down-drunk-with-1,000- other-strangers option on our list. Held the second and third weekend of October on ten acres of ground and one massive tent, the American-German Club's Oktoberfest is one of the largest Bavarian celebrations in the country. It offers authentic German cooking such as Bratwurst, Potato Salad, Leberkäse, Sauerkraut, and original Hofbräu Bier, imported directly from Munich. Domestic beer, liqueurs, wine or non-alcoholic beverages are also available for those not feeling as traditional. Highlights also include German folk dancing, choral singing, and sing-alongs, with two bands flown in straight from Germany.

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Alex Rendon

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