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Image: General Views - Oktoberfest 2012

A view from above

A reveller looks down at the crowd in the beer garden as he drinks beer outside the Braeurosl beer tent, during day 7 of the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, Germany, on Sept. 28. Millions of beer drinkers from around the world are in the Bavarian capital for the 179th Oktoberfest, which runs until Oct. 7.

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Taking a break

People attend the 179th Oktoberfest in Munich, on Oct. 3.

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High spirits

Visitors enjoy a ride on a roundabout at the Oktoberfest beer festival on the Theresienwiese fair grounds in Munich, on Oct. 2.

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In sync

Musicians perform during the Oktoberfest open-air concert at the Theresienwiese in Munich, on Sept. 30.

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Ready to perform

Musicians of the Oktoberfest orchestra arrive for the famous Oktoberfest beer festival concert in Munich, on Sept. 30.

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Image: Revellers salute with beer during Oktoberfest in Munich

Raise a glass

Revellers toast with beer during the 179th Oktoberfest in Munich on Sept. 28.

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Big crowds

People sit on benches under a tent during the Oktoberfest beer festival at the Theresienwiese in Munich, Germany, on Sept. 27.

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Image: People look at traditional ginger breads at Oktoberfest in Munich

Street vendors

People look at traditional ginger bread on sale at the famous Oktoberfest in Munich on Sept. 28.

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Fun for all

A carousel rotates during the Oktoberfest, the German Beer Festival at the Cathedral Square, in Erfurt, Germany, on Sept. 27.

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Nighttime festivities

A windmill installation rotates in front of the Mariendom (Cathedral of Mary) during Oktoberfest, the German Beer Festival at the Cathedral Square, in Erfurt, Germany, on Sept. 27.

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In for a thrill

Visitors enjoy a ride on a sunny day at the famous Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, Germany, on Sept. 25.

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Colorful fun

A colorful carousel turns at the Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, on Sept. 25.

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Image: Revellers reach out for the first beer in the traditional one-liner "Masskrug" beer mugs at  the opening day of the Munich Oktoberfest at the Theresienwiese in Munich

Opening day

Revellers reach out for the first beer in the traditional one-liner "Masskrug" beer mugs at the opening day of the Munich Oktoberfest on Sept. 22 at the Theresienwiese in Munich, Germany. Millions of beer drinkers from around the world will come to the Bavarian capital for the 179th Oktoberfest, which began on Sept. 22 and runs until Oct. 7.

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Rain or shine

Two women arrive for the opening of the famous Bavarian Oktoberfest beer festival Sept. 22 as rain falls in Munich.

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Beer tent

People crowd the 'Hacker-Festzelt' beer tent during the opening of the 179th Oktoberfest on the Theresienwiese in Munich.

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Beer for all

A waitress carries beer mugs in the Hofbraeuhaus tent Sept. 22 after the opening of the famous Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich.

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Beer shower

A man cheered on by a crowd pours a glass of beer over his own head Sept. 24 at Oktoberfest in Munich.

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Got hops?

A man in traditional Bavarian clothes wears a hat decorated with hops Sept. 22 prior to the opening of the famous Bavarian Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich.

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Image: Revellers have a break from drinking at the Munich Oktoberfest at the Theresienwiese in Munich

Time out

Party goers take a break Sept. 22 at the Munich Oktoberfest at the Theresienwiese.

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Sea of revellers

People crowd the fairground during the opening of the 179th Oktoberfest on Sept. 22 on the Theresienwiese in Munich.

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Iron stomachs

Revellers enjoy a ride at Munich Oktoberfest at the Theresienwiese on Sept. 22.

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Image: Actor with black make-up on face and hands performs during Oktoberfest parade in Munich

Street entertainment

An actor performs Sept. 23 during the Oktoberfest parade in Munich.

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Costume parade

People watch the traditional costume parade Sept. 23 at the 179th Oktoberfest in Munich.

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Airborne

A woman wearing traditional Bavarian clothes rides a fairground attraction Sept. 23 at the Theresienwiese Oktoberfest fair grounds in Munich.

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Cheers!

Young people celebrate the opening ceremony in the "Hofbraeuzelt' beer tent on Sept. 22.

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Festive city

A general view of the Oktoberfest beer festival Sept. 22 in Munich.

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Riflemen's parade

A member of a riflemen's association wears a traditional Bavarian Gamsbart hat during the riflemen's parade on day two of the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich.

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Traditional clothing

Visitors wearing traditional Bavarian clothes wait during the Oktoberfest beer festival at the Theresienwiese in Munich.

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Image: People rest on a meadow during the 179th Oktoberfest in Munich

Siesta time

People rest on a meadow Sept. 23 during the 179th Oktoberfest in Munich.

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