Oktoberfest Opens in Munich, Beer Flows
Saturday, the 1st keg of beer has been tapped and the beer is flowing as the 185th Oktoberfest gets underway in Munich.
Mayor Dieter Reiter inserted the tap in the 1st keg Saturday with 2 blows of a hammer and the cry of “O’zapft is” — “it’s tapped.” As tradition demands, he handed the first mug to Bavarian governor Markus Soeder, who declared that “the Oktoberfest is perhaps Bavaria’s biggest and best visiting card in the world.”
Beer prices in Germany are up again, with a liter (2-pint) mug costing up to 11.50 Euros ($13.50), that is a 55c increase over last year.
Visitors toast with beers during the opening day of the 185th Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, on 22 September 2018.
Hundreds of visitors, most of them wearing traditional lederhosen or dirndls, waited to be let in the festival grounds early Saturday morning ahead of the official beer keg-tapping at Noon.
Some 600 police officers and hundreds of stewards will keep order at the fenced-off grounds over the 16 days of the annual event.
Around 6-M visitors are expected at the festival grounds in Munich before the Oktoberfest ends on 7 October. As in previous years, backpacks and large bags are banned for security reasons.
The festival supports German language classes, German study scholarships, entertainment and facility maintenance.
Oktoberfest began with festivities for the Y 1810 marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.
Over the years, horse races, agricultural fairs, performances, carnival rides and sideshows were added to festive food and drink.
The celebration was pushed into September for nicer weather.
The opening parade began at 7:00p local time Friday, features the Muenchner Kindl, a child dressed in brown monk’s garb with golden stripes, resembling the Benedictine order, which founded Munich.
Have a happy time!
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