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Oktoberfest 2013 kicks off in Munich Germany: with a cry of 'O'zapft is' Mayor Christian Ude signals start of Bavarian beer and bratwurst bonanza

Published 21/09/2013

Revellers at the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer festival and draws millions of visitors.
Revellers at the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer festival and draws millions of visitors.
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers attend the opening day of he Oktoberfest at Hofbraeu tent on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: People enjoy a fairground ride during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Visitors in bavarian style clothes raise their glasses after getting their first Oktoberfest-beer in the Schottenhamel-tent at the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. Shortly before Munich mayor Christian Ude (SPD) had tapped the first barrel with the traditional "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!") to launch the festival. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A young man drinks beer at Hofbraeuhaus beer tent during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers reach for the first beer mug at Hofbraeuhaus beer tentduring day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: People enjoy a fairground ride during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: People enjoy a fairground ride during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: People enjoy a fairground ride during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: People enjoy a fairground ride during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: People enjoy a fairground ride during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: People enjoy a fairground ride during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: People enjoy riding on fairground ride during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: People enjoy a fairground ride during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: People enjoy riding on fairground ride during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: The Oktoberfest fair ground seen from a giant ferry wheel during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: People enjoy riding on fairground ride during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: The Oktoberfest fair ground seen from a giant ferry wheel during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
Visitors rest on a meadow at the opening day of the 180th Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 21 to Oct. 6, 2013 will attract more than six million guests from around the world. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Young people rest at the opening day of the 180th Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 21 to Oct. 6, 2013 will attract more than six million guests from around the world. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Around 7,000 people await the start of the opening ceremony of the 180th Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 21 to Oct. 6, 2013 will attract more than six million guests from around the world. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Waitress carrie beer mugs during the opening ceremony in the "Hofbraeuzelt' beer tent of the 180th Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 21 to Oct. 6, 2013 will attract more than six million guests from around the world. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
People celebrate the opening ceremony in the "Hofbraeuzelt' beer tent of the 180th Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 21 to Oct. 6, 2013 will attract more than six million guests from around the world. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Two waiters wait for the opening of the 180th Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 21 to Oct. 6, is expected to attract more than six million guests from around the world. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
People await the opening of the 180th Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 21 to Oct. 6, 2013, will attract more than six million guests from around the world. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
People await the opening of the 180th Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 21 to Oct. 6, 2013, is expected to attract more than six million guests from around the world. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
People celebrate the opening ceremony in the "Hofbraeuzelt' beer tent of the 180th Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 21 to Oct. 6, 2013 will attract more than six million guests from around the world. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
People enjoy a fairground ride at the opening day of the 180th Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 21 to Oct. 6, 2013 will attract more than six million guests from around the world. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
A waitress carries beer mugs during the opening ceremony in the "Hofbraeuzelt' beer tent of the 180th Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 21 to Oct. 6, 2013 will attract more than six million guests from around the world. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A woman drinks beer outside a beer tent during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: The top of the Loewenbraeu beer tent is seen during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A giant beer mug stands against a sky during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: The Oktoberfest fair ground seen from a giant ferry wheel during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: People stand in front of gingerbread hearts for sale during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: General view of the Oktoberfest fair ground seen from a giant ferry wheel during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Police arrest a reveller during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A reveller rest on a meadow during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: People rest on a meadow during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: The Oktoberfest fair ground seen from a giant ferry wheel during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: People walk along the Oktoberfest fair ground seen from a giant ferry wheel during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: People enjoy riding on a merry-go-round in front of the Sankt Paul Church Munich at the Oktoberfest on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A child takes pictures during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: People enjoy riding on a merry-go-round in front of the Sankt Paul Church Munich at the Oktoberfest on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: People enjoy riding on a merry-go-round at the Oktoberfest on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: People enjoy riding on a merry-go-round at the Oktoberfest on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: People enjoy riding on a merry-go-round at the Oktoberfest on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: People enjoy riding on a merry-go-round in front of the Sankt Paul Church Munich at the Oktoberfest on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: People enjoy riding on a merry-go-round at the Oktoberfest on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers dressed in traditional Bavarian clothing attend the Oktoberfest on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers dressed in traditional Bavarian clothing attend the Oktoberfest on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers dressed in traditional Bavarian clothing attend the Oktoberfest on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Visitors in Bavarian style clothes raise their glasses after getting their first Oktoberfest beer in the Schottenhamel-tent at the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. Shortly before Munich mayor Christian Ude (SPD) had tapped the first barrel with the traditional "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!") to launch the festival. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Visitors in the Schottenhamel tent stand on benches and tables to watch Munich mayor Christian Ude (SPD) tapping the first barrel at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. Shortly before Munich mayor Christian Ude (SPD) had tapped the first barrel with the traditional "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!") to launch the festival. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A waitress carries Bavarian food at the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at the Schottenhamel-tent at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. Shortly before, Munich mayor Christian Ude (SPD) had tapped the first barrel with the traditional "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!") to launch the festival. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Visitors in Bavarian style clothes raise their glasses after getting their first Oktoberfest beer in the Schottenhamel-tent at the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. Shortly before Munich mayor Christian Ude (SPD) had tapped the first barrel with the traditional "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!") to launch the festival. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Visitors in Bavarian style clothes raise their glasses after getting their first Oktoberfest beer in the Schottenhamel-tent at the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. Shortly before Munich mayor Christian Ude (SPD) had tapped the first barrel with the traditional "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!") to launch the festival. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Visitors in Bavarian style clothes raise their glasses after getting their first Oktoberfest beer in the Schottenhamel-tent at the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. Shortly before Munich mayor Christian Ude (SPD) had tapped the first barrel with the traditional "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!") to launch the festival. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A waitress carries Bavarian food at the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at the Schottenhamel-tent at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. Shortly before, Munich mayor Christian Ude (SPD) had tapped the first barrel with the traditional "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!") to launch the festival. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Visitors in Bavarian style clothes raise their glasses after getting their first Oktoberfest beer in the Schottenhamel-tent at the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. Shortly before Munich mayor Christian Ude (SPD) had tapped the first barrel with the traditional "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!") to launch the festival. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Visitors in the Schottenhamel tent stand on benches and tables to watch Munich mayor Christian Ude (SPD) tapping the first barrel as a band marches by at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. Shortly before Munich mayor Christian Ude (SPD) had tapped the first barrel with the traditional "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!") to launch the festival. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
Editors Note: alternative crop; MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Munich mayor Christian Ude (SPD) (L) and Bavarians Prime Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) wave to the visitors after Ude had tapped the barrel with the traditional "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!") to launch the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. Ude lost the election for bavarian Primeminister last week against Seehofer. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Munich mayor Christian Ude (SPD) drinks a beer after he had tapped the barrel with the traditional "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!") to launch the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Bavarians Prime Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) poses with visitors after the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese had been launched with the traditional "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!") on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. Ude lost the election for bavarian Primeminister last week against Seehofer. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers reach for the first beer mug at Hofbraeuhaus beer tentduring day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers reach for the first beer mug at Hofbraeuhaus beer tentduring day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers reach for the first beer mug at Hofbraeuhaus beer tentduring day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers reach for the first beer mug at Hofbraeuhaus beer tentduring day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Members of a riflemen's association participate in the opening parade of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers reach for the first beer mug at Hofbraeuhaus beer tentduring day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A Bavarian dressed man arrives with his sausage dogs during the opening parade of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A young man cheers with a beer mug at Hofbraeuhaus beer tent during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A waitress carries beer mugs after tapping the first barrel during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers reach for the first beer mug at Hofbraeuhaus beer tent during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers reach for the first beer mug at Hofbraeuhaus beer tent during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers reach for the first beer mug at Hofbraeuhaus beer tent during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers reach for the first beer mug at Hofbraeuhaus beer tent during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers reach for the first beer mug at Hofbraeuhaus beer tent during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A young woman enjoys drinking the first beer during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A young woman enjoys drinking the first beer during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers reach for the first beer mug at Hofbraeuhaus beer tent during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Waitresses wave beer mugs during the opening parade of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A young woman enjoys drinking the first beer during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A waitress carries beer mugs after tapping the first barrel during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers reach for the first beer mug at Hofbraeuhaus beer tent during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers enjoy the first beer at the opening day of the Oktoberfest at Hofbraeu tent on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A woman enjoys the first beer at the opening day of the Oktoberfest at Hofbraeu tent on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A woman enjoys the first beer at the opening day of the Oktoberfest at Hofbraeu tent on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A woman enjoys the first beer at the opening day of the Oktoberfest at Hofbraeu tent on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Reveller enjoys the first beer at the opening day of the Oktoberfest at Hofbraeu tent on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A woman enjoys the first beer at the opening day of the Oktoberfest at Hofbraeu tent on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A woman enjoys the first beer at the opening day of the Oktoberfest at Hofbraeu tent on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers enjoy the first beer at the opening day of the Oktoberfest at Hofbraeu tent on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers wait the first beer at the opening day of the Oktoberfest at Hofbraeu tent on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers wait the first beer at the opening day of the Oktoberfest at Hofbraeu tent on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers enjoy the first beer at the opening day of the Oktoberfest at Hofbraeu tent on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers wait for the first beer mugs at the opening day of the Oktoberfest at Hofbraeu tent on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A waitress carries glasses of beerat the opening day of the Oktoberfest at Hofbraeu tent on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers attend the opening day of he Oktoberfest at Hofbraeu tent on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers attend the opening day of he Oktoberfest at Hofbraeu tent on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers attend the opening day of he Oktoberfest at Hofbraeu tent on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A Visitors wait for the start of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. Munichs mayor Christian Ude will launch the Oktoberfest at 12.00 o'clock in the Schottenhamel-tent by tapping the first barrel of beer with the traditional "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!"). The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A sales maid is selling candy hearts at Hofbraeuhaus beer tent during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. Munichs mayor Christian Ude will launch the Oktoberfest at 12.00 o'clock in the Schottenhamel-tent by tapping the first barrel of beer with the traditional "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!"). The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers wait for tapping of the first beer barrel during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. Munichs mayor Christian Ude will launch the Oktoberfest at 12.00 o'clock in the Schottenhamel-tent by tapping the first barrel of beer with the traditional "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!"). The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A Visitors go to the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. Many visitors arrived early to the festival to secure good places in the beer tents. Munichs mayor Christian Ude will launch the Oktoberfest at 12.00 o'clock in the Schottenhamel-tent by tapping the first barrel of beer with the traditional "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!"). The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A Visitor in bavarian style clothes jubilates in front of the main entrance of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. Munichs mayor Christian Ude will launch the Oktoberfest at 12.00 o'clock in the Schottenhamel-tent by tapping the first barrel of beer with the traditional "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!"). The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Visitors wait in a long row to get in the "Schottenhamel" beer tent at the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. Munichs mayor Christian Ude will launch the Oktoberfest at 12.00 o'clock in the Schottenhamel-tent by tapping the first barrel of beer with the traditional "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!"). The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers wearing mock Bavarian costume attend the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. Munichs mayor Christian Ude will launch the Oktoberfest at 12.00 o'clock in the Schottenhamel-tent by tapping the first barrel of beer with the traditional "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!"). The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Australian revellers attend the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. Munichs mayor Christian Ude will launch the Oktoberfest at 12.00 o'clock in the Schottenhamel-tent by tapping the first barrel of beer with the traditional "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!"). The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A Visitor in bavarian style clothes reads a newspaper after he has entered the "Schottenhamel" beer tent as fast as possible to reserve places for friends for the official launch of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. Munichs mayor Christian Ude will launch the Oktoberfest at 12.00 o'clock in the Schottenhamel-tent by tapping the first barrel of beer with the traditional "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!"). The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A visitors in bavarian styl clothes drives with his bicycle to the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. Many visitors arrived early to the festival to secure good places in the beer tents. Munichs mayor Christian Ude launches the Oktoberfest at 12.00 o'clock in the Schottenhamel-tent by tapping the first barrel of beer with the traditional "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!"). The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors.
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Visitors in bavarian style clothes pose in front of the main entrance of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. Munichs mayor Christian Ude will launch the Oktoberfest at 12.00 o'clock in the Schottenhamel-tent by tapping the first barrel of beer with the traditional "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!"). The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A Visitors in bavarian style clothes ("Dirndl") go to the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. Many visitors arrived early to the festival to secure good places in the beer tents. Munichs mayor Christian Ude launches the Oktoberfest at 12.00 o'clock in the Schottenhamel-tent by tapping the first barrel of beer with the traditional "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!") The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Visitors from Australia in bavarian style clothes go by underground to the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. Many visitors arrived early to the festival to secure good places in the beer tents. Munichs mayor Christian Ude launches the Oktoberfest at 12.00 o'clock in the Schottenhamel-tent by tapping the first barrel of beer with the traditional "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!"). The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers wait for tapping of the first beer barrel during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. Munichs mayor Christian Ude will launch the Oktoberfest at 12.00 o'clock in the Schottenhamel-tent by tapping the first barrel of beer with the traditional "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!"). The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Visitors from the United States of America (USA) pose in bavarian style clothes in front of the main entrance of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. Munichs mayor Christian Ude will launch the Oktoberfest at 12.00 o'clock in the Schottenhamel-tent by tapping the first barrel of beer with the traditional "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!"). The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A Visitor in bavarian style clothes jubilates in front of the main entrance of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. Munichs mayor Christian Ude will launch the Oktoberfest at 12.00 o'clock in the Schottenhamel-tent by tapping the first barrel of beer with the traditional "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!"). The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Visitors from Australia in bavarian style clothes go by underground to the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. Many visitors arrived early to the festival to secure good places in the beer tents. Munichs mayor Christian Ude launches the Oktoberfest at 12.00 o'clock in the Schottenhamel-tent by tapping the first barrel of beer with the traditional "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!"). The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers wait for entry in front of a beer tent during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers wait for entry in front of a beer tent during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer festival and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers wait for entry in front of a beer tent during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer festival and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers wait for entry in front of a beer tent during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer festival and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: The heads of the six Munich breweries meet to taste their special Oktoberfest brews in the cellar of the Munich Beer and Oktoberfest Museum on September 17, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The men, along with Oktoberfest beer tent owners, meet once a year shortly before Oktoberfest to taste each others' beers, which are specially brewed for the Oktoberfest season. At Oktoberfest, which has a tradition going back 202 years, only the six breweires, namely, Hacker-Pschorr, Spaten, Loewenbraeu, Paulaner, Augustiner Hofbraeu, that brew their beer within the city limits are allowed to participate in the annual event that draws millions of visitors (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Oktoberfest beer tent keepers discuss the merits of the six different Oktoberfest brews during the annual get-together of the heads of the six Munich breweries meeting to taste their special Oktoberfest brews in the cellar of the Munich Beer and Oktoberfest Museum on September 17, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The men, along with Oktoberfest beer tent owners, meet once a year shortly before Oktoberfest to taste each others' beers, which are specially brewed for the Oktoberfest season. At Oktoberfest, which has a tradition going back 202 years, only the six breweires, namely, Hacker-Pschorr, Spaten, Loewenbraeu, Paulaner, Augustiner Hofbraeu, that brew their beer within the city limits are allowed to participate in the annual event that draws millions of visitors (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: The heads of the six Munich breweries meet to taste their special Oktoberfest brews in the cellar of the Munich Beer and Oktoberfest Museum on September 17, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The men, along with Oktoberfest beer tent owners, meet once a year shortly before Oktoberfest to taste each others' beers, which are specially brewed for the Oktoberfest season. At Oktoberfest, which has a tradition going back 202 years, only the six breweires, namely, Hacker-Pschorr, Spaten, Loewenbraeu, Paulaner, Augustiner Hofbraeu, that brew their beer within the city limits are allowed to participate in the annual event that draws millions of visitors (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: The heads of the six Munich breweries meet to taste their special Oktoberfest brews in the cellar of the Munich Beer and Oktoberfest Museum on September 17, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The men, along with Oktoberfest beer tent owners, meet once a year shortly before Oktoberfest to taste each others' beers, which are specially brewed for the Oktoberfest season. At Oktoberfest, which has a tradition going back 202 years, only the six breweires, namely, Hacker-Pschorr, Spaten, Loewenbraeu, Paulaner, Augustiner Hofbraeu, that brew their beer within the city limits are allowed to participate in the annual event that draws millions of visitors (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Glasses filled with different Oktoberfest beers stand on a table among the heads of the six Munich breweries meeting to taste their special Oktoberfest brews in the cellar of the Munich Beer and Oktoberfest Museum on September 17, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The men, along with Oktoberfest beer tent owners, meet once a year shortly before Oktoberfest to taste each others' beers, which are specially brewed for the Oktoberfest season. At Oktoberfest, which has a tradition going back 202 years, only the six breweires, namely, Hacker-Pschorr, Spaten, Loewenbraeu, Paulaner, Augustiner Hofbraeu, that brew their beer within the city limits are allowed to participate in the annual event that draws millions of visitors (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: The heads of the six Munich breweries sample and applaude each others' breweries' special Oktoberfest brews in the cellar of the Munich Beer and Oktoberfest Museum on September 17, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The men, along with Oktoberfest beer tent owners, meet once a year shortly before Oktoberfest to taste each others' beers, which are specially brewed for the Oktoberfest season. At Oktoberfest, which has a tradition going back 202 years, only the six breweires, namely, Hacker-Pschorr, Spaten, Loewenbraeu, Paulaner, Augustiner Hofbraeu, that brew their beer within the city limits are allowed to participate in the annual event that draws millions of visitors (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Oktoberfest beer tent keeper Christian Schottenhamel (2nd L) samples the six different Oktoberfest brews during the annual get-together of the heads of the six Munich breweries meeting to taste their special Oktoberfest brews in the cellar of the Munich Beer and Oktoberfest Museum on September 17, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The men, along with Oktoberfest beer tent owners, meet once a year shortly before Oktoberfest to taste each others' beers, which are specially brewed for the Oktoberfest season. At Oktoberfest, which has a tradition going back 202 years, only the six breweires, namely, Hacker-Pschorr, Spaten, Loewenbraeu, Paulaner, Augustiner Hofbraeu, that brew their beer within the city limits are allowed to participate in the annual event that draws millions of visitors (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Oktoberfest beer tent keeper Guenther Steinberg (C) samples the six different Oktoberfest brews during the annual get-together of the heads of the six Munich breweries meeting to taste their special Oktoberfest brews in the cellar of the Munich Beer and Oktoberfest Museum on September 17, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The men, along with Oktoberfest beer tent owners, meet once a year shortly before Oktoberfest to taste each others' beers, which are specially brewed for the Oktoberfest season. At Oktoberfest, which has a tradition going back 202 years, only the six breweires, namely, Hacker-Pschorr, Spaten, Loewenbraeu, Paulaner, Augustiner Hofbraeu, that brew their beer within the city limits are allowed to participate in the annual event that draws millions of visitors (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: A female guest attending the annual get-together of the six Munich brewery heads compares glasses filled with different Oktoberfest beers as the men taste each others' breweries' special Oktoberfest brews in the cellar of the Munich Beer and Oktoberfest Museum on September 17, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The men, along with Oktoberfest beer tent owners, meet once a year shortly before Oktoberfest to taste each others' beers, which are specially brewed for the Oktoberfest season. At Oktoberfest, which has a tradition going back 202 years, only the six breweires, namely, Hacker-Pschorr, Spaten, Loewenbraeu, Paulaner, Augustiner Hofbraeu, that brew their beer within the city limits are allowed to participate in the annual event that draws millions of visitors (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: A female guest attending the annual get-together of the six Munich brewery heads compares glasses filled with different Oktoberfest beers as the men taste each others' breweries' special Oktoberfest brews in the cellar of the Munich Beer and Oktoberfest Museum on September 17, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The men, along with Oktoberfest beer tent owners, meet once a year shortly before Oktoberfest to taste each others' beers, which are specially brewed for the Oktoberfest season. At Oktoberfest, which has a tradition going back 202 years, only the six breweires, namely, Hacker-Pschorr, Spaten, Loewenbraeu, Paulaner, Augustiner Hofbraeu, that brew their beer within the city limits are allowed to participate in the annual event that draws millions of visitors (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: A female guest attending the annual get-together of the six Munich brewery heads compares glasses filled with different Oktoberfest beers as the men taste each others' breweries' special Oktoberfest brews in the cellar of the Munich Beer and Oktoberfest Museum on September 17, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The men, along with Oktoberfest beer tent owners, meet once a year shortly before Oktoberfest to taste each others' beers, which are specially brewed for the Oktoberfest season. At Oktoberfest, which has a tradition going back 202 years, only the six breweires, namely, Hacker-Pschorr, Spaten, Loewenbraeu, Paulaner, Augustiner Hofbraeu, that brew their beer within the city limits are allowed to participate in the annual event that draws millions of visitors (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: A female guest attending the annual get-together of the six Munich brewery heads looks at glasses filled with different Oktoberfest beers as the men taste each others' breweries' special Oktoberfest brews in the cellar of the Munich Beer and Oktoberfest Museum on September 17, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The men, along with Oktoberfest beer tent owners, meet once a year shortly before Oktoberfest to taste each others' beers, which are specially brewed for the Oktoberfest season. At Oktoberfest, which has a tradition going back 202 years, only the six breweires, namely, Hacker-Pschorr, Spaten, Loewenbraeu, Paulaner, Augustiner Hofbraeu, that brew their beer within the city limits are allowed to participate in the annual event that draws millions of visitors (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: A waitress brings glasses of beer to the heads of the six Munich breweries meeting to taste their special Oktoberfest brews in the cellar of the Munich Beer and Oktoberfest Museum on September 17, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The men, along with Oktoberfest beer tent owners, meet once a year shortly before Oktoberfest to taste each others' beers, which are specially brewed for the Oktoberfest season. At Oktoberfest, which has a tradition going back 202 years, only the six breweires, namely, Hacker-Pschorr, Spaten, Loewenbraeu, Paulaner, Augustiner Hofbraeu, that brew their beer within the city limits are allowed to participate in the annual event that draws millions of visitors (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: The heads of the six Munich breweries dig into a platter of coldcuts after tasting each others' breweries' special Oktoberfest brews in the cellar of the Munich Beer and Oktoberfest Museum on September 17, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The men, along with Oktoberfest beer tent owners, meet once a year shortly before Oktoberfest to taste each others' beers, which are specially brewed for the Oktoberfest season. At Oktoberfest, which has a tradition going back 202 years, only the six breweires, namely, Hacker-Pschorr, Spaten, Loewenbraeu, Paulaner, Augustiner Hofbraeu, that brew their beer within the city limits are allowed to participate in the annual event that draws millions of visitors (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: One of the heads of Munich's six breweries inspects the colour of different brews during the annual meeting at which the heads of the six Munich breweries taste their special Oktoberfest brews in the cellar of the Munich Beer and Oktoberfest Museum on September 17, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The men, along with Oktoberfest beer tent owners, meet once a year shortly before Oktoberfest to taste each others' beers, which are specially brewed for the Oktoberfest season. At Oktoberfest, which has a tradition going back 202 years, only the six breweires, namely, Hacker-Pschorr, Spaten, Loewenbraeu, Paulaner, Augustiner Hofbraeu, that brew their beer within the city limits are allowed to participate in the annual event that draws millions of visitors (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: A waitress clears glasses of beer from the heads of the six Munich breweries meeting to taste their special Oktoberfest brews in the cellar of the Munich Beer and Oktoberfest Museum on September 17, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The men, along with Oktoberfest beer tent owners, meet once a year shortly before Oktoberfest to taste each others' beers, which are specially brewed for the Oktoberfest season. At Oktoberfest, which has a tradition going back 202 years, only the six breweires, namely, Hacker-Pschorr, Spaten, Loewenbraeu, Paulaner, Augustiner Hofbraeu, that brew their beer within the city limits are allowed to participate in the annual event that draws millions of visitors (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: A waiter brings glasses of beer to the heads of the six Munich breweries meeting to taste their special Oktoberfest brews in the cellar of the Munich Beer and Oktoberfest Museum on September 17, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The men, along with Oktoberfest beer tent owners, meet once a year shortly before Oktoberfest to taste each others' beers, which are specially brewed for the Oktoberfest season. At Oktoberfest, which has a tradition going back 202 years, only the six breweires, namely, Hacker-Pschorr, Spaten, Loewenbraeu, Paulaner, Augustiner Hofbraeu, that brew their beer within the city limits are allowed to participate in the annual event that draws millions of visitors (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: The keepers of Okotberfest beer tents compare the colour of different brews during the annual meeting at which the heads of the six Munich breweries taste their special Oktoberfest brews in the cellar of the Munich Beer and Oktoberfest Museum on September 17, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The men, along with Oktoberfest beer tent owners, meet once a year shortly before Oktoberfest to taste each others' beers, which are specially brewed for the Oktoberfest season. At Oktoberfest, which has a tradition going back 202 years, only the six breweires, namely, Hacker-Pschorr, Spaten, Loewenbraeu, Paulaner, Augustiner Hofbraeu, that brew their beer within the city limits are allowed to participate in the annual event that draws millions of visitors (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: The heads of the six Munich breweries meet to taste their special Oktoberfest brews in the cellar of the Munich Beer and Oktoberfest Museum on September 17, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The men, along with Oktoberfest beer tent owners, meet once a year shortly before Oktoberfest to taste each others' beers, which are specially brewed for the Oktoberfest season. At Oktoberfest, which has a tradition going back 202 years, only the six breweires, namely, Hacker-Pschorr, Spaten, Loewenbraeu, Paulaner, Augustiner Hofbraeu, that brew their beer within the city limits are allowed to participate in the annual event that draws millions of visitors (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Oktoberfest beer tent keeper Christian Schottenhamel (2nd L) samples the six different Oktoberfest brews during the annual get-together of the heads of the six Munich breweries meeting to taste their special Oktoberfest brews in the cellar of the Munich Beer and Oktoberfest Museum on September 17, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The men, along with Oktoberfest beer tent owners, meet once a year shortly before Oktoberfest to taste each others' beers, which are specially brewed for the Oktoberfest season. At Oktoberfest, which has a tradition going back 202 years, only the six breweires, namely, Hacker-Pschorr, Spaten, Loewenbraeu, Paulaner, Augustiner Hofbraeu, that brew their beer within the city limits are allowed to participate in the annual event that draws millions of visitors (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Oktoberfest beer tent keepers sample the six different Oktoberfest brews during the annual get-together of the heads of the six Munich breweries meeting to taste their special Oktoberfest brews in the cellar of the Munich Beer and Oktoberfest Museum on September 17, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The men, along with Oktoberfest beer tent owners, meet once a year shortly before Oktoberfest to taste each others' beers, which are specially brewed for the Oktoberfest season. At Oktoberfest, which has a tradition going back 202 years, only the six breweires, namely, Hacker-Pschorr, Spaten, Loewenbraeu, Paulaner, Augustiner Hofbraeu, that brew their beer within the city limits are allowed to participate in the annual event that draws millions of visitors (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: The heads of the six Munich breweries sample and applaude each others' breweries' special Oktoberfest brews in the cellar of the Munich Beer and Oktoberfest Museum on September 17, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The men, along with Oktoberfest beer tent owners, meet once a year shortly before Oktoberfest to taste each others' beers, which are specially brewed for the Oktoberfest season. At Oktoberfest, which has a tradition going back 202 years, only the six breweires, namely, Hacker-Pschorr, Spaten, Loewenbraeu, Paulaner, Augustiner Hofbraeu, that brew their beer within the city limits are allowed to participate in the annual event that draws millions of visitors (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Oktoberfest - the world's biggest beer festival 2012 photographs
MUNICH, GERMANY - OCTOBER 07: Thomas Mueller of FC Bayern Muenchen attends with Lisa Mueller the Oktoberfest beer festival at the Kaefer Wiesnschaenke tent on October 7, 2012 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - OCTOBER 07: Philipp Lahm of FC Bayern Muenchen attends with his wife Claudia Lahm the Oktoberfest beer festival at the Kaefer Wiesnschaenke tent on October 7, 2012 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - OCTOBER 07: Daniel van Buyten of FC Bayern Muenchen attends with his wife Celine van Buyten the Oktoberfest beer festival at the Kaefer Wiesnschaenke tent on October 7, 2012 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - OCTOBER 07: Manuel Neuer of FC Bayern Muenchen attends with Katrin the Oktoberfest beer festival at the Kaefer Wiesnschaenke tent on October 7, 2012 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - OCTOBER 07: Anatoliy Tymoshchuk of FC Bayern Muenchen attends with Nadiya the Oktoberfest beer festival at the Kaefer Wiesnschaenke tent on October 7, 2012 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - OCTOBER 05: Revellers dressed in traditional Bavarian clothing attend the Oktoberfest beer festival during the night time of day 14 on October 5, 2012 in Munich, Germany. This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 28: A woman dressed in traditional Bavarian clothing attends day 7 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 28, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - OCTOBER 02: Daniel Bierofka of 1860 Muenchen attends with his wife Nicole Bierofka the Oktoberfest 2012 at Hacker Festzelt on October 2, 2012 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - OCTOBER 02: Grigoris Makos of 1860 Muenchen attends with his wife Athena Makos the Oktoberfest 2012 at Hacker Festzelt on October 2, 2012 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - OCTOBER 02: Necat Ayguen of 1860 Muenchen attends with his wife Patrizia Ayguen the Oktoberfest 2012 at Hacker Festzelt on October 2, 2012 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - OCTOBER 02: Robert Schaefer, CEO of 1860 Muenchen attends with his wife Karin Schaefer the Oktoberfest 2012 at Hacker Festzelt on October 2, 2012 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - OCTOBER 06: A young girls dressed in traditional Bavarian clothing enjoys riding a merry-go-round during day 15 of Oktoberfest beer festival on October 6, 2012 in Munich, Germany. This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 22: Girls dressed in Bavarian dirndl attend day 1 of Oktoberfest beer festival near Hofbraeuhaus beer tent on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23: Members of a brass band wearing traditional Bavarian clothes participate in the riflemen's parade during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23: Revellerds, dressed with traditional Bavarian clothes celebrate at Schottenhamel beer tent during day 2 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23: Polish girls, dressed with traditional Polish costume enjoy drinking beer after participating in the opening parade during day 2 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23: Polish girls, dressed with traditional Polish costume enjoy drinking beer after participating in the opening parade during day 2 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23: Polish girls, dressed with traditional Polish costume enjoy drinking beer after participating in the opening parade during day 2 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23: Revellers, dressed with traditional Bavarian clothes celebrate at Schottenhamel beer tent during day 2 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 28: Revellers enjoy themselves as they drink beer outside the Braeurosl beer tent during day 7 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 28, 2012 in Munich, Germany. This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 28: Revellers enjoy themselves as they drink beer at the Braeurosl beer tent during day 7 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 28, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
Young people enjoy the opening ceremony of the famous Bavarian Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany (AP)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 18: Gitta Saxx attends the Oktoberfest beer festival at Kaefer Schaenke beer tent on September 18, 2011 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 18: Verena Kerth attends the Oktoberfest beer festival at Kaefer Schaenke beer tent on September 18, 2011 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 18: Gina Lisa Lohfink attends the Oktoberfest beer festival at Kaefer Schaenke beer tent on September 18, 2011 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)
A police officer is given a flower during the marksmen's parade
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: A traditionally Bavarian dressed young woman enjoys drinking beer at Loewenbraeu beer tent during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Visitors of the 176th Oktoberfest beer festival drink beer and dance on September 20 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: General inside view of Loewenbraeu beer tent, seen during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20:Two men talk to each other in front of a merry-go-round on September 20 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A man wearing a wig poses with an empty beer mug on September 21 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Bavarian dressed members of a costume club participate in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: A waiter carries a tray with different Bavarian dishes on September 20 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: A waitor carries a tray with different Bavarian dishes on September 20 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Visitors of the 176th Oktoberfest beer festival drink a mug of beer on September 20 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: General inside view of Loewenbraeu beer tent, seen during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: A man is eating 'Schweinshaxe' (pork) at Loewenbraeu beer tent during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Bavarian dressed young women participate in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
Riders on the "Top-Spin" ride are suspended upside down during Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany
Riders on the "Top-Spin" ride are suspended upside down during Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Traditionally Bavarian dressed young people enjoy drinking beer at Loewenbraeu beer tent during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Traditionally Bavarian dressed young men enjoy drinking beer at Schottenhamel beer tent during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: General inside view of Schottenhamel beer tent seen during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Traditionally Bavarian dressed young people enjoy drinking beer at Schottenhamel beer tent during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: People fill the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent during day 1 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is world's largest fair with about six million people attending the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: General view of the main axe, the so called street of beer tents, seen during day 1 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is world's largest fair with about six million people attending the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A waitress carries plates with Bavarian food at the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is world's largest fair with about six million people attending the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: General view of the main axe, the so-called street of beer tents, seen during day 1 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is world's largest fair with about six million people attending the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Bavarian dressed members of a brass band participate in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Members of a band march participate in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: A Bavarian dressed child participates sleeping in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Visitors of the 176th Oktoberfest beer festival drink a mug of beer on September 20 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Bavarian dressed members of a participate participate in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Bavarian dressed members of a participate participate in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: A Bavarian dressed member of a brass band participates in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: A Bavarian dressed member of a brass band participates in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Bavarian dressed young women participate in the traditional riflemen's parade on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A young women (R), disguised as 'Muenchner Kindl', symbol of the city of Munich greets during the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Bavarian dressed people participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Visitors take pictures with digital camera during day 1 of the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A visitor of the Oktoberfest sleeps on a meadow on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Visitors of the 176th Oktoberfest beer festival ride on the 'Top-Spin' on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: General view shows the 176th Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: General viw shows the 176th Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Visitors of the 176th Oktoberfest beer festival ride on the 'Top-Spin' on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A merry-go-round is seen during day 1 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Bavarian dressed young men sit in front of auto scooter on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: People fill the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent during day 1 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is world's largest fair with about six million people attending the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: People fill the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent during day 1 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is world's largest fair with about six million people attending the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October.
Young women wave with their beer steins while riding a decorated coach to the opening of the famous Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. Some six million visitors from around the globe are expected to come to the Bavarian capital, until the end of the world famous beer festival on Oct. 4, 2009. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Young women seen with their beer steins while riding a decorated coach to the opening of the famous Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. Some six million visitors from around the globe are expected to come to the Bavarian capital, until the end of the world famous beer festival on Oct. 4, 2009. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Munich mayor Christian Ude, left, toasts with Bavarian state governor Horst Seehofer, right, after Ude tapped the first beer barrel on the first day of the Oktoberfest in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. The worlds largest beer-festival lasts until Oct. 4, 2009. (AP Photo/Uwe Lein)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A visitor of a beer tent poses for a picture on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A visitor of a beer tent poses for a picture on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A waitress carries beer mugs at the Hofbraeuhausbeer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Visitors fight for the first 'Mass' (1 l mug) beer at the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Japanese visitors of the Lowenbraeu beer tent pose for a picture on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
A waiter serves the first mugs of beer following the opening ceremony of the 176th Oktoberfest in a festival tent in Munich, southern Germany, on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. The world's largest beer-festival lasts until Oct. 4, 2009. (AP Photo/Christof Stache)
Visitors raise their beer mugs in a beer tent at the start of the world renown Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. The beer festival will see millions of visitors from all over the world.(AP Photo/Diether Endlicher)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Men wearing traditional Bavarian clothes cheer with beer mugs at the Schottenhamel beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A waitress carries beer mugs at the Schottenhamel beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Munich's mayor Christian Ude opens the first beer barrel with the traditional cry 'It's tapped!' to start the Oktoberfest beer festival at the Schottenhamel beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A waitress carries beer mugs at the Schottenhamel beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A waitress carries beer mugs at the Schottenhamel beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Visitors wait for the first 'Mass' beer at the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A man wears a hops crown during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Bavarian dressed musicians participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Brass musicians participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Brass musicians participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Brass musicians participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Horse carriages participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Bavarian dressed legs are seen during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A waitress carries beer mugs at the Hofbraeuhausbeer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Visitors enjoy the first 'Mass' beer at the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A waitress carries beer mugs at the Hofbraeuhausbeer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A waitress is selling beer to visitors at the Hofbraeuhausbeer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Visitors fight for the first 'Mass' (1 l mug) beer at the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A young women (R), disguised as 'Muenchner Kindl', symbol of the city of Munich greets during the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Joachim Fuchsberger and his wife Gundel attend the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Joachim Fuchsberger;Gundel Fuchsberger
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Fritz Wepper (L) and Susanne Porsche (R)attend the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Fritz Wepper;Susanne Porsche
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Brass musicians participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Fritz Wepper (L) and Susanne Porsche (R) attend the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Fritz Wepper;Susanne Porsche
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Young women greet with beer mugs during the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Young women greet with beer mugs during the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Brass musicians participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Waitresses put on their aprons in the early morning hours at the Schottenhamel beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
Figures for July to September this year appear to show a shocking number of workers on casual and part-time work
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: The beer barrels for the opening ceremony arrive at the Schottenhamel beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A Bavarian dressed girl looks on during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Brass musicians participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Bavarian dressed women participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Visitors watch the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Visitors watch the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Beer barrels are stored on a horse carriage during the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Young women greet with beer mugs during the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A young woman waits for the opening of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Beer barrels are stored on a horse carriage during the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Bavarian dressed musicians participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
Norbert Dobeleit and Tamara Sedmak attend the Boris Becker Oktoberfest Golf trophy party at the Hippodrom tent on September 28, 2008 in Munich, Germany
Sandy Meyer-Woelden arrives for the Boris Becker Oktoberfest Golf trophy party at the Hippodrom tent on September 28, 2008 in Munich, Germany
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 18: Sabine Lanz attends the Oktoberfest beer festival at Kaefer Schaenke beer tent on September 18, 2011 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 18: Lilly Becker and Franziska Knuppe attend the Oktoberfest beer festival at Kaefer Schaenke beer tent on September 18, 2011 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)
Women in traditional dress pose with beer mugs at the Oktoberfest beer festival
Rachel McCarey, Kelly Masson and Maria McBride at Oktoberfest in Custom House Square, Belfast
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 18: Isabel Edvardsson attends the Oktoberfest beer festival at Kaefer Schaenke beer tent on September 18, 2011 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: A traditionally Bavarian dressed woman enjoys drinking beer at Schottenhamel beer tent during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Three women pose for a picture at the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent on September 21 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
Aoife MacSherry, Holly Seymour, Laura McDonald and Maeve Browne at Oktoberfest in Custom House Square
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 18: Verena Kerth attends the Oktoberfest beer festival at Kaefer Schaenke beer tent on September 18, 2011 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: A waiter carries beer mugs at Schottenhamel beer tent during the opening day of the Oktoberfest 2011 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2011 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 18: Revellers have fun attending Hacker-Pschorr beer tent during day 2 of the Oktoberfest 2011 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 18, 2011 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

The mayor of Munich has tapped the first keg of beer at Oktoberfest 2013 to kick off the 180th traditional German folk festival Oktoberfest.

With a blow of his hammer and a cry of "O'zapft is" (It's tapped) - Mayor Christian Ude inserted the first tap into the first keg as the festival opened on Saturday morning.

More than seven million beer drinkers are expected to descend on the beer tents of the Bavarian capital to celebrate Oktoberfest until Sunday October 6 drinking an estimated 15 million glasses of beer.

This year the mayor issued a warning to revellers not to overdo the drinking at Oktoberfest which also doubles as a fun fair.

"What I don't like here is competitive drinking," Ude told Deutsche Welle. "You don't need to prove to the world that you're a total idiot."

This year the beer is costing festival-goers between €9.40 and €9.85 euros for a Mass.

Oktoberfest began in 1810 as a horse race to entertain the public during a Bavarian royal wedding. It was originally held in October but was  brought forward by one month to take advantage of better weather.

Gary Fennelly

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