VISITORS DRINK UP ATMOSPHERE
THE drinking has begun as wet weather and enhanced security did not dampen the spirits of beer enthusiasts at the 184th Oktoberfest, which opened in Munich, Germany at the weekend.
Six million people from all over the world are expected to visit the world’s largest beer festival, which runs until October 3.
Oktoberfest is hoping more people will come to the festival this year after attendance in 2016 dipped in part due to concern over terror attacks.
Security has since been bolstered at the festival, with backpacks as well as large bags now being banned. The entrances will be watched over by more than 650 security guards, up by 200 from last year. CCTV cameras have also been added and a new loudspeaker system can now be used to alert visitors in three languages: German, English and Bavarian.
People propose a toast to the opening of the 2017 Oktoberfest in Munich.