O’zapft is

Yesterday the 176th edition of the original Oktoberfest in Munich has begun. As always, a big parade of the tent owners and several traditional folk bands marched through the city center of Munich towards the Theresienwiese. The parade was lead by the Munich Child, dressed in the traditional black and yellow cape. When Munich’s Lord Mayor Christian Ude passed my location, I already noticed that he was in an extremely positive mood. He made jokes and was laughing loud while waving to the people. So it’s no surprise that he took just two hits to open the first barrel of beer at the Schottenhamel tent at noon, yelling  “O’zapft is” and wishing a peaceful Oktoberfest.

Now we have 16 days of madness in the city.

If you want to know more about the practicalities of Oktoberfest, I suggest to visit our sister site, Oktoberfest Insider.

The Munich Child (Stefanie Krätz) waves to the people.
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Munich’s Lord Mayor Christian Ude waves to the people during the opening parade of Oktoberfest.
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One of the horses of the Spaten brewery wagon receives a few good words to calm down.
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The main entrance of the Augustiner tent is already closed a few minutes after the official opening of Oktoberfest 2009.
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People walk along the beer street thirty minutes after the official opening of the Munich Oktoberfest. The tourism office expects about 6 million visitors from all over the world to come to the largest folk festival in the world.
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One Response to “O’zapft is”

  1. Monopoly says:

    Interesting pics. would love to visit there some day.