Visitors from all over the world in search of a hearty beer-drinking frolic have flocked once again to Munich, West Germany for the 160th Oktoberfest Beer Festival, said to be the world's biggest.
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Background: Visitors from all over the world in search of a hearty beer-drinking frolic have flocked once again to Munich, West Germany for the 160th Oktoberfest Beer Festival, said to be the world's biggest.
The people of Munich, mindful of their tourist industry, have a special talent for letting their hair down at numerous festivals throughout the year. Fesching is the first and longest of them at the beginning of the year, but for beer consumption the Oktoberfest beats them all.
Before the opening this year, horses drew decorated beer-wagons through the streets, Bavarian bands played, and the Burgomeister rode in his carriage in a procession of floats to the festival site, outside the City on the banks of the river Isar.
Here the Burgomeister opened the Festival in the traditional way by breaching the first barrel and downing the first glass of beer.
Before he had finished his drink hundreds of glasses were being emptied by the thirsty Bavarians and their visitors, and the Festival, which ends on October the fourth, was under way.
Apart from the beer tents, there were shooting galleries, flea circuses, freak shows, swings and rides to entertain revellers of all ages.
From the start, the eating and drinking was fast and furious, and 1970 seemed likely to break all records.