Sep 21, 2015 8:27 AM GMT
I didn't know about this in Germany? I have been to the start of Oktoberfest here in Los Angeles, but its ALL straight people. I think I had ONE "das boot" and left early last time I went. When straight people get all drunk, mayhem ensues
Gay Oktoberfest is held each year on the Sunday of the opening weekend at the Wiesn fairgrounds' Braeurosl tent, named after the fabled beauty Rosi, a daughter of the Pschorr beer dynasty.
It started with a misunderstanding, when Munich Lions' Club, a local gay fetish group, reserved a few tables at the tent and organisers mistook the name for a football team.
But as the numbers grew each year, the Heide family, who have run the tent since 1936, turned over more and more of its 6,200 capacity seating to gay party-goers until the semi-official "Pink Wiesn" was finally established.
But along with oompah music, the soundtrack is leavened with Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue and Madonna dance tracks
"America is the prudest country the world has ever seen and even they are ahead of us on gay marriage," said 58-year-old travel agent Wolfgang Lies, nursing a wheat beer with two friends.
Lies has been coming to Gay Sunday at Oktoberfest since the 1980s and remembers well when gay couples had to be discreet or risk bashing by drunken visitors of the beer fiesta when they left the tent.