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Das Oktoberfest 2014 | Munich, Germany

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Oktoberfest is THE biggest party in the world!

The first Oktoberfest was held in 1810 to celebrate the October 12th marriage of BavarianCrown Prince Ludwig to the Saxon-Hildburghausen Princess Therese.  (October 12th also happens to be my birthday, so Oktoberfest was the perfect place for me to celebrate my birthday!)  Anyway, every year, the citizens of Munich were invited to join in the festivities which were held over a period of five days on the fields in front of the city gates. Over 40,000 people were in attendance. Today, an average of 6 million of people attend the annual celebration.

Did you know horse races were held at the first Oktoberfest?  But by 1819, the horse races had been called off and were replaced by beer carts and the carnival-like atmosphere. Munich leaders decided that Oktoberfest would be held each year, no exceptions!…

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