0 Bottoms Up to 200 Years of Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest Munich, 200th anniversary
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Germany's gigantic frat party has officially begun. Munich kicked off its annual beer extravaganza of Oktoberfest on Saturday. Millions of visitors from around the world will attend the festival, which runs September 18-October 4, 2010.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of Oktoberfest. On October 17, 1810, Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen organized a great horse race for the public commemoration of their marriage that took place five days before -- and so the tradition of Oktoberfest began.

At the stroke of noon on Saturday, Munich's mayor Christian Ude signaled the opening of Oktoberfest by tapping the first beer keg. "O'zapft is," or "It's tapped," declared the Mayor.

Click here to brush up on your Bavarian before you get too fetznrausch and end up hunched over a heisl.

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