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Oktoberfest buzzes with booze and merriment

The Local · 21 Sep 2011, 14:54

Published: 21 Sep 2011 14:54 GMT+02:00

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For some, the revelry has already gotten out-of-hand. Nearly 80 festival-goers were treated by the German Red Cross for alcohol poisoning on September 17, the first day of Oktoberfest, alone. After causing trouble by slinging heavy glass mugs in the beer tents, a handful of people have also been banned from festivities. In addition, police have also arrested several pickpockets.

Fourteen tents provide space for guests to crowd in and enjoy the booze until 11 pm daily. Two of the tents, Käfer Wies'n-Schänke and the Weinzelt, are open until 1 am, with the last call for alcohol shortly after midnight. Carnival attractions and rides also provide an outlet for families or those looking for a break from the boozy antics.

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Around six million visitors from around the world are expected over the 17-day party. Since this year’s Oktoberfest includes an extra day – October 3, Germany's reunification day – revellers have an extra 24 hours for eating, drinking and general merriment.

The history of Oktoberfest extends back to 1810, when Crown Prince Ludwig married his bride Therese, with the elaborate ceremony celebrated on the field where the festival now takes place.

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16:46 September 21, 2011 by catjones
Why not extend the festival to 30 days or make it year-round and call it Drunkfest? germans like to complain about Disney being fake, but oktoberfest is right up there.
16:56 September 21, 2011 by finanzdoktor
Nice family or friends picture. Wish I was there. Hope one of my friends visiting there this week not only had fun, but stayed out of trouble.
22:31 September 21, 2011 by wolfer
Drunkfest! I love it! Prosst!
23:28 September 21, 2011 by wxman
Nothing wrong with a little drinking, eating and looking at young ladies in dirndls. The biggest one in the States is in Cincinnati, Ohio. Lasts only one weekend, but usually brings in 500,000 to 750,000 folks. And they do serve excellent German biers and American micro-brewed biers on tap, none of that bottled Bud or Miller crap.
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