Kegs tapped, beer flows

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Visitors stretch to reach a beer mug in a festival tent of the Oktoberfest beer festival at the Theresienwiese ground in Munich, southern Germany. The 178th edition of the world's biggest beer festival kicked off today to run till October 3.

Visitors stretch to reach a beer mug in a festival tent of the Oktoberfest beer festival at the Theresienwiese ground in Munich, southern Germany. The 178th edition of the world's biggest beer festival kicked off today to run till October 3.

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Men dressed in traditional Bavarian clothes raise a toast in a tent at the start of the Oktoberfest beer festival at the Theresienwiese ground in Munich, southern Germany.

Men dressed in traditional Bavarian clothes raise a toast in a tent at the start of the Oktoberfest beer festival at the Theresienwiese ground in Munich, southern Germany.

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Visitors ride a carousel during the first day of the Munich Oktoberfest.

Visitors ride a carousel during the first day of the Munich Oktoberfest.

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A sign shows the way to the rest rooms at the opening of the Munich Oktoberfest.

A sign shows the way to the rest rooms at the opening of the Munich Oktoberfest.

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Traditional ginger bread hearts are on sale at the world's biggest beer fest, the Oktoberfest, at Theresienwiese in Munich.

Traditional ginger bread hearts are on sale at the world's biggest beer fest, the Oktoberfest, at Theresienwiese in Munich.

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A young woman poses with a beer mug in the Hofbraeuhaus-tent after the opening of the famous Bavarian Oktoberfest festival in a tent in Munich, southern Germany.

A young woman poses with a beer mug in the Hofbraeuhaus-tent after the opening of the famous Bavarian Oktoberfest festival in a tent in Munich, southern Germany.

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Young visitors rest during the opening ceremony of the famous Bavarian Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany.

Young visitors rest during the opening ceremony of the famous Bavarian Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany.

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Young people lift up their beer steins after the official opening of the famous Bavarian Oktoberfest festival in Munich, southern Germany.

Young people lift up their beer steins after the official opening of the famous Bavarian Oktoberfest festival in Munich, southern Germany.

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A waitress arrives for her shift at the opening of the world's biggest beer festival, the Munich Oktoberfest, in Theresienwiese, Germany.

A waitress arrives for her shift at the opening of the world's biggest beer festival, the Munich Oktoberfest, in Theresienwiese, Germany.

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Young people lift up their beer steins after the official opening of the famous Bavarian Oktoberfest festival in Munich, southern Germany.

Young people lift up their beer steins after the official opening of the famous Bavarian Oktoberfest festival in Munich, southern Germany.

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'Muenchner Kindl' Maria Newrzella toasts with a beer mug while taking part in the Parade of the Landlords and Breweries during the opening of the 178th Oktoberfest in Munich.

'Muenchner Kindl' Maria Newrzella toasts with a beer mug while taking part in the Parade of the Landlords and Breweries during the opening of the 178th Oktoberfest in Munich.

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People dressed in traditional Bavarian clothes share a toast at the start of the world's biggest beer festival, the Oktoberfest, in Munich, southern Germany.

People dressed in traditional Bavarian clothes share a toast at the start of the world's biggest beer festival, the Oktoberfest, in Munich, southern Germany.

UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2011 08:23 PM IST
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