Beer flows and crowds descend on Munich for the official begin of Oktoberfest

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With the normal cry of “O’zapft is” — “It’s tapped” — Mayor Dieter Reiter inserted the faucet within the first keg at midday on Saturday, formally opening the 18-day festivities.

Individuals run to enter the 188th ‘Oktoberfest’ beer competition in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023. (AP Picture/Matthias Schrader) AP

MUNICH (AP) — The beer is flowing and thousands and thousands of individuals descending on the Bavarian capital to have fun the official opening of Oktoberfest.

With the normal cry of “O’zapft is” — “It’s tapped” — Mayor Dieter Reiter inserted the faucet within the first keg at midday on Saturday, formally opening the 18-day festivities.

Revelers decked out in conventional lederhosen and dirndl clothes trooped to Munich’s competition grounds Saturday morning, filling the handfuls of conventional tents in anticipation of getting their first 1-liter (2-pint) mug of beer.

Minutes earlier than the primary keg was tapped, to cheers from the gang, Bavarian Gov. Markus Soeder requested festivalgoers in the event that they had been prepared for Oktoberfest to start.

“I can solely say one factor: That is probably the most lovely, greatest, most essential competition on the planet,” he stated.

The Oktoberfest has sometimes drawn about 6 million guests yearly. The occasion was skipped in 2020 and 2021 as authorities grappled with COVID-19, however returned in 2022.

A 1-liter mug prices between 12.60 euros and 14.90 euros ($13.45 to $15.90) this yr, a rise of round 6% from final yr.

This yr’s Oktoberfest, the 188th version, runs by Oct. 3.


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