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Old World Restaurant is celebrating two milestones this weekend — the 200th anniversary of Oktoberfest and the 29th anniversary of the Chicken Dance.
Two hundred years ago, the world-famous German festival was born when Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen and put on elaborate festivities to celebrate their wedding. In the late 1970s, the German-themed restaurant in Huntington Beach launched its own Oktoberfest every fall — and in 1981, it added a twist to the celebration, courtesy of a Dutch band that had recently played in Germany before stopping in Surf City.
The band had observed the Chicken Dance, a brief series of steps that include hip-shaking, dancing in a circle and flapping the arms chicken-style, at a German club and played it for the Huntington crowd. Since then, it's become a staple, said Cyndie Kasko, the general manager of the restaurant, which is in the German-themed shopping center Old World Village.