Beer flowing in Munich: Thousands head to Oktoberfest

2017-09-18 18:00
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A young woman participates in the traditional costume parade of Oktoberfest

Munich - The beer is flowing again at Munich's fabled Oktoberfest.

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Mayor Dieter Reiter inserted the tap into the first keg on 16 September 2017, with two blows of his hammer and the cry of "O'zapft is" — "It's tapped." About 6 million visitors are expected to come to Munich for the 184th Oktoberfest, which runs through until 3 October 2017.

The prices for a big mug of beer have gone up again and visitors have to pay about R 171 (R 13/$) per glass — which has increased since 2016. 

The Oktoberfest parade was in full swing on 17 September 2017. Traditional costumes are adorned by participants in the Oktoberfest parade.

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Source: Associated Press 

Source: Associated Press 

There was a struggle for beer as the festivities began with excitment from attendees.

Source: Associated Press

Security Precautions

Revelers also face increased security precautions because of possible attacks. Huge flower pots block the entrances to the fest's lawn, more video cameras are installed and a new loudspeaker system has been activated to guide visitors off the festival's grounds if necessary.

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