Dubbed the world's largest, rowdiest and most famous beer festival, the annual Munich Oktoberfest opens with visitors arriving from around the globe. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NATURAL (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The world famous Oktoberfest beer festival opened in Munich on Saturday (September 17), bringing together visitors from around the globe. Organizers have raised security after attacks across Europe this summer, including banning rucksacks, introducing security checks at all entrances and erecting fencing. Drawing some 6 million tourists, Oktoberfest is a major highlight of the year for residents, who often wear traditional lederhosen or dirndls, as well as for visitors who travel from across the globe for the festival. The 183rd Oktoberfest, which runs until October 3rd, began with the traditional 'grand entry' of the beer tent landlords and representatives from different breweries arriving on decorated horse-drawn carriages. At noon (1000 GMT) sharp, Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter tapped open the first beer keg with a traditional shout of "O zapft is!" ("It's tapped" in English) serving the first beer to Bavarian state premier Horst Seehofer. The city has increased the number of stewards to as many as 450 from 250 last year and erected a two-meter high metal fence around Theresienwiese, the open ground where the Oktoberfest is held, to ensure nobody can avoid the checks. The main Munich breweries have their own tents with long beer tables and bands. Last year they served 7.3 million liters (approximately 1.92 million gallons) of beer, as well as huge quantities of sausages, pretzel and whole spit-roasted bulls. The Oktoberfest has its origins in the wedding in 1810 of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The public festivities went on for five days and were so popular they have been repeated annually.