Honolulu Avenue met Bavaria on Saturday, as the 33rd annual Oktoberfest celebration drew thousands to the Montrose Shopping District to sip beer, sample bratwurst and enjoy live bands and carnival rides.
Attendees characterized Oktoberfest, hosted by the Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce, as an annual homecoming where locals are likely to run into neighbors and old friends.
"We call it our high school reunion. Everyone comes out," said volunteer Armine Akopyan, a 2005 graduate of Crescenta Valley High School. Dozens of students from Clark Magnet High School in La Crescenta helped with the event, as did volunteers from numerous local businesses.
Carole Buss, a painter whose artwork graces the promotional material used by the chamber, was happy to staff an information booth plunked down in the middle of Honolulu Avenue. Three blocks of Honolulu were closed to traffic for the event.
"I love Montrose, and I would like to promote Montrose as being a special place," Buss said. "It is a special place.