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In pictures: Oktoberfest is toast of the town as festivities begin in Munich

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Oktoberfest. the world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7, will see roughly a million visitors.

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Oktoberfest revellers enjoy a ride in a roller coaster at the Theresienwiese in Munich on Saturday.

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A visitor wearing a traditional Bavarian hat stands in front of a ferris wheel at Oktoberfest.

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Oktoberfest vistors browse at the gingerbread booth.

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Revellers celebrate in a beer tent at the Munich Oktoberfest at the Theresienwiese in Munich.

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A waitress carries beer after the opening of the 179th Oktoberfest.

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Rain did not deter these revellers, who sat under umbrellas with their traditional one-litre Masskrug beer mugs at Oktoberfest’s opening dya.

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Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer, right and Munich Mayor Christian Ude pose prior to the opening ceremony for the 179th Oktoberfest.

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Mr. Ude taps the first beer barrel during the official opening of the famous Bavarian beer festival.

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