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Oktoberfest Plastered With Millions of Happy Germans, Tourists
About 6 million visitors are expected to come to Munich for the 184th Oktoberfest, which runs through Oct. 3.
Visitors ride a swing carousel in front of St. Paul's church on opening day.
The festival was first held in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Theresa of Saxony. The festivities were repeated annually in October, but were later brought forward to start in September when the temperatures in Bavaria are usually warmer.