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Hic, hic, hurray: Stunning photos of Oktoberfest 2016

The largest beer festival and travelling funfair in the world, the Oktoberfest began on September 17 in the German city of Munich.

Visitors walk past security personnel through the main entrance of the Oktoberfest beer festival. Heavy rain and stricter security did little to dampen the spirits of beer lovers at the start of this year's Oktoberfest. (Source: AP)

People dressed in historical clothes take part in the Oktoberfest parade in Munich, Germany. (Source:Reuters)

People ride a swing in front of the St. Paul's church at the 183rd Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich. (Source: AP)

Women dressed in traditional Bavarian clothes take part in the Oktoberfest parade. (Source: Reuters)

Actors perform during the Oktoberfest parade in Munich, Germany. (Source: Reuters)

Actors perform during the Oktoberfest parade. (Source: Reuters)

A brass band dressed in traditional Bavarian clothes takes part in the Oktoberfest parade. (Source: Reuters)

People dressed in traditional Bavarian clothes take part in the Oktoberfest parade in Munich. (Source: Reuters)

A young woman participates in the traditional costume and riflemen parade on the second day of the 183rd Oktoberfest beer festival. (Source: AP)

Men with decorated hats participate in the traditional costume and riflemen's parade on the second day of the Oktoberfest beer festival. (Source: AP)

The world's largest beer festival will be held from Sept. 17 to Oct. 3, 2016. (Source: AP)

The largest beer festival and travelling funfair in the world, the Oktoberfest began on September 17 in the German city of Munich. The opening ceremony of the 17-day festival started with Dieter Reiter, the Mayor of Munich tapping the first keg of beer in the Schottenhamel tent. According to the official site, Reiter drove the tap into the barrel with just two strikes this year, concluding the ceremony with the magic words: “O’zapft is!” – “It’s tapped!” (Source: Peter Kneffel/DPA)

A woman with a fancy headgear participates in the traditional costume and riflemen parade on the second day of the 183rd Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany. (Source: AP)

People dressed in traditional Bavarian clothes take part in the Oktoberfest parade in Munich. (Source: Reuters)

Children dressed in traditional Bavarian clothes take part in the Oktoberfest parade. (Source: Reuters)

A young woman smiles with a beer during the opening of the 183rd Oktoberfest beer festival. (Source: AP)

A waitress carries beer mugs during the opening of the 183rd Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich. (Source: AP)

A young man drinks beer on his friend's shoulders at the opening ceremony of the 183rd Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich. (Source: AP)

Visitors cheer with beer during the opening day of the 183rd Oktoberfest. (Source: Reuters)

Two women drink beer during the opening day of the 183rd Oktoberfest in Munich. (Source: Reuters)

Young people celebrate the opening of the 183rd Oktoberfest beer festival. (Source: AP)