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October 9, 2013

Oktoberfest 2013

The beer halls are empty and steins put away from the 180th Oktoberfest in Munich. The world's largest traditional Bavarian beer festival, celebrated by an estimated 6 million visitors, wrapped up last Sunday. Only beer brewed within city limits by six makers was allowed to be served up. The event dates to 1810 when Crown Prince Ludwig was married to Princess Therese and the people were invited to attend the festivities. -- Lloyd Young( 32 photos )

Revelers celebrate the opening ceremony in the "Hofbraeuzelt' beer tent of the 180th Bavarian Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich on Sept. 21. The world's largest beer festival, held from Sept. 21- Oct. 6, is expected to attract more than six million guests from around the world. (Matthias Schrader/Associated Press)

Visitors enjoy the day in the 'Loewenbraeu' beer tent at the 180th Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, on Oct. 2. (Matthias Schrader/Associated Press) #

Visitors wearing traditional Bavarian clothes drink beer in the Hacker-Pschorr tent at the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 22. (Johannes Simon/Getty Images) #

Waitresses celebrate the end of this year's festival at the Theresienwiese in Munich, during the last evening on Oct. 6. (Chritof Stache/AFP/Getty Images) #

The keepers of Okotberfest beer tents compare the color of different brews during the annual meeting at which the heads of the six Munich breweries taste their special Oktoberfest brews in the cellar of the Munich Beer and Oktoberfest Museum on Sept. 17 in Munich, Germany. The men, along with Oktoberfest beer tent owners, meet once a year shortly before Oktoberfest to taste each others' beers, which are specially brewed for the Oktoberfest season. At Oktoberfest, which has a tradition going back 202 years, only the six breweires, namely, Hacker-Pschorr, Spaten, Loewenbraeu, Paulaner, Augustiner Hofbraeu, that brew their beer within the city limits are allowed to participate in the annual event that draws millions of visitors. (Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images) #

A night aerial view of the 180th Oktoberfest ground at the Theresienwiese, taken from the St. Paul's Church in Munich, Germany, on Sept. 21. (Andreas Gebert/European Pressphoto Agency) #

A merry-go-round rotates at the 180th Bavarian Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, on Sept. 21. (Matthias Schrader/Associated Press) #

A child takes pictures during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on Sept. 21 in Munich, Germany. (Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images) #

A boy in traditional Bavarian Lederhosen (leather trousers) eats a candy floss at the Oktoberfest beer festival on the Theresienwiese fair grounds in Munich on Sept. 21. (Josef Hildenbrand/AFP/Getty Images) #

Revelers reach for the first beer mug at Hofbraeuhaus beer tent during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on Sept. 21. (Johannes Simon/Getty Images) #

Gingerbread hearts are sold at the 180th Bavarian Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich on Oct. 2. (Matthias Schrader/Associated Press) #

Visitors reach for one of the first mugs of beer after the tapping of the first barrel during the opening ceremony for the 180th Oktoberfest at the Hofbraeu tent. (Michael Dalder/Reuters) #

Visitors wearing traditional attire rest behind a beer tent on the opening day of the 180th Oktoberfest. (Frank Leonhardt/European Pressphoto Agency) #

Revelers wait for tapping of the first beer barrel during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on Sept. 21 in Munich, Germany. Munich's mayor Christian Ude will launch the Oktoberfest at 12.00 o'clock in the Schottenhamel-tent by tapping the first barrel of beer with the traditional "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!"). (Johannes Simon/Getty Images) #

Father Paul Schaeferskuepper, regional priest from the Catholic circus and performer ministry, baptizes six month old Elly Kaiser during the traditional Oktoberfest mass in the Hippodrom festival tent in Munich, Germany, on Sept. 26. (Andreas Gebert/European Pressphoto Agency) #

Revelers stand next to a broken beer mug during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese. (Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images) #

Visitors in Bavarian style dress attend the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival on Oct. 1. (Joerg Koch/Getty Images) #

Members of the mountain riflemen's associations in typical Bavarian costumes fire a shot by order of their commander during the traditional 'Boellerschiessen' (ceremonial firing of a gun) on the last day of Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on Oct. 6. The Munich Oktoberfest, often simply called 'Wiesn', is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Joerg Koch/Getty Images) #

Members of the mountain riflemen's associations in typical Bavarian costumes watch the traditional 'Boellerschiessen' (firing of a salute with a special gun) on the last day of Oktoberfest 2013. (Joerg Koch/Getty Images) #

Waitresses drink beer on a wagon during a parade on the opening day of the 180th Oktoberfest at the Theresienwiese in Munich, Germany, on Sept. 21. (Marc Mueller/European Pressphoto Agency) #

People enjoy riding on a fairground ride during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese. (Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images) #

A Bavarian visitor in traditional "Lederhosen" participates in a funfair attraction called "Hau den Lukas" at the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on October 1, 2013 in Munich, Germany. At the funfair attraction "Hau den Lukas" you have three tries to hit the target with a hammer so hard that a bell at the top rings. (Joerg Koch/Getty Images) #

Two men selling Bavarian styled goods wait for customers during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on Sept. 21. (Johannes Simon/Getty Images) #

Sophia Traeger tries on a hat at Munich's 180th Oktoberfest on Oct. 3. A decade ago, waitresses at Oktoberfest were the only ones in dirndls, the Bavarian peasant-inspired, corseted dresses featuring white blouses and colored aprons, and trendy Berliners wouldn't dream of dancing to oompah music in public. Now, Munich's annual beer festival is a sea of traditionally-clad tourists, with revelers from as far away as Canada, Mexico and Iran donning dirndls or the equivalent outfits for men, lederhosen and checked shirts. (Michaela Rehle/Reuters) #

A visitor wearing a mock Bavarian outfit leans against a wall at the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on Sept. 22. (Johannes Simon/Getty Images) #

A woman selling gingerbread hearts checks her phone outside a beer tent during day two of the Oktoberfest 2013 on Sept. 22. (Johannes Simon/Getty Images) #

A Filipino woman living in Germany poses for a photo with her traditional Bavarian dirndl at Munich's 180th Oktoberfest on Oct. 3. (Michaela Rehle/Reuters) #

A woman selling gingerbread hearts works on her booth at the Oktoberfest beer festival at the Theresienwiese fair grounds on Oct. 2. (Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images) #

A waitress carries glasses of beer at the opening day of the Oktoberfest at Hofbraeu tent on Sept. 21. (Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images) #

A beer is pictured at the last day of the world's biggest beer festival, the 180th Oktoberfest in Munich on Oct. 6. (Michaela Rehle/Reuters) #

Oktoberfest waitresses hold sparklers while celebrating the end of the world's biggest beer festival on Oct. 6. (Michaela Rehle/Reuters) #

A man walks through the rubbish laying on the ground of an empty beer tent after the final day of the Oktoberfest beer festival on Oct. 6 in Munich, southern Germany. (Felix Hoerhager/AFP/Getty Images) #



 
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