The Delaware Saengerbund, a German-American singing society founded in March 1853, became an important social club for newly arriving German immigrants. Although choral music is still important to the DSB, our activities now encourage the study and use of the German language, culture, traditions and customs. We share the traditional sociability among the German community at large and seek to foster a better understanding of the contributions made by German immigrants to the American way of life.

The Delaware Saengerbund has become the focal point of the German community in Delaware through its annual event Oktoberfest. The Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest is usually held on the third week of September (the same weekend as Munich). Nearly 20,000 people attend the three-day festival which features Bavarian bands and folk dancing. Dancers in colorful costumes perform the Schuhplattler, or “shoe slapping” dance, along with other German folk dances, such as the Ländler. Also featured during the event are German foods, including the famous German potato salad of the Ladies of the Delaware Saengerbund.

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