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The 177th annual Oktoberfest kicked off in Munich on Sept. 18 and runs until Oct. 4. Festivities include music, carnival rides, and of course, plenty of beer.
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian visited the Hippodrom tent at Theresienwiese.
Munich's Mayor Christian Ude tapped the first barrel of beer with the traditional "O´zapft is!" (It's tapped!) to start the Oktoberfest beer festival at the Theresienwiese.
Eleven month old pug 'Gucci' is pictured wearing miniature traditional Bavarian 'Lederhosen.'
A woman dips into a mug of beer.
Children dressed in traditional clothes had a front row seat to the opening ceremony.
A crowd waits to gain entrance to one of the beer tents.
A woman proposes a toast during the festival's first day on Saturday.
A general view of the festival grounds. Millions of beer drinkers from around the world will come to the Bavarian capital over the next two weeks.
A woman drank at the Schottenhamel beer tent on opening day
The Oktoberfest tradition started in 1810 to celebrate the Oct.12 marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to the Princess Therese of Saxon-Hildburghausen. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the event.
The original Oktoberfest in 1810 consisted of a horse race. Beer tents did not appear at the festival until 1818.
People stretched out to reach a liter of beer in the Hofbrauhaus tent.
Police stood guard at the entrance to Oktoberfest.
A waitress, wearing a traditional Bavarian dirndl, carried mugs of beer in the Hofbrauhaus tent.
People in traditional Bavarian clothes took part in the Parade of the Landlords and Breweries.
A toast inside the tent at the Theresienwiese.
A waitress carried a tray featuring different Bavarian dishes through a group of visitors inside the Schottenhamel tent.
Female patrons celebrate in the Hacker beer tent.
A boy holds a rope looking like a pretzel during the traditional Rifleman's Parade.
Visitors pack one of the 14 tents at this year's event.
Visitors rode a merry-go-round in front of St. Paul's Church.
A woman wears a hat featuring a beer barrel with a logo reading "Oktoberfest Muenchen."
Two men dressed together in huge Bavarian Lederhosen.
This visitor had an eye for beer.
A bartender poured a serving of Spaten.
Drunk patrons found a spot of grass to sleep off the day's activities.
A chairoplane and a Ferris wheel lit up the night sky.