The first keg has been tapped and the beer is flowing as the 185th Oktoberfest gets underway in Munich.

People lift beer glasses during a parade as part of the opening of the 185th ‘Oktoberfest’ beer festival in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. The world’s largest beer festival will be held from Sept. 22 until Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Mayor Dieter Reiter inserted the tap in the first keg on Saturday with two blows of a hammer and the cry of “O’zapt is” — “it’s tapped.” As tradition demands, he handed the first mug to Bavarian governor Markus Soeder, who declared that “the Oktoberfest is perhaps Bavaria’s biggest and best visiting card in the world.”

People run to enter the 185th ‘Oktoberfest’ beer festival in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. The world’s largest beer festival will be held from Sept. 22 until Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
People enter the 185th ‘Oktoberfest’ beer festival in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. The world’s largest beer festival will be held from Sept. 22 until Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Around 6 million visitors are expected at the festival grounds in Munich before the Oktoberfest ends on Oct. 7. As in previous years, backpacks and large bags are banned for security reasons.

A young lady waves during a parade as part of the opening of the 185th ‘Oktoberfest’ beer festival in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. The world’s largest beer festival will be held from Sept. 22 until Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
People wave during a parade as part of the opening of the 185th ‘Oktoberfest’ beer festival in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. The world’s largest beer festival will be held from Sept. 22 until Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Beer prices are up again, with a liter (2-pint) mug costing up to 11.50 euros ($13.50) — a 55-cent increase over last year.

Source: The Associated Press

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