Saturday, October 3, 2009

Oktoberfest 2009

Tomorrow is the last day of this year's Oktoberfest. Some great pictures can be found on The Big Picture site, including the above one of Munich mayor Christian Ude kicking off the event by tapping the first beer barrel on the first day of the festivities, September 19. I was never in Munich for Oktoberfest, but I did spent a raucous Fasching in Cologne many, many years ago. The festival originated in Bavaria, however, in the early 19th century, supposedly to commemorate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Below the Oktoberfest at night with a view of the Löwenbräu tent. You can see that 6 million people could attend every year.

Photo credit: Uwe Lein

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