Visitors celebrate with first beer mugs the opening of the traditional Bavarian Oktoberfest festival at the Theresienwiese in Munich, southern Germany, on September 20, 2014. (AFP/Christof Stache)
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Germany's world-famous Oktoberfest kicked off Saturday with the traditional tapping of the first barrel of beer, as millions of revellers are set to soak up the frothy atmosphere in the 16-day annual extravaganza.At the festival site on the Wiesn fairgrounds thousands of serving staff carry millions of "Mass" glasses of beer from one of six historic Munich breweries, to punters seated at long tables in the tents.Last year more than 6 million visitors drank 6.7 million liter-sized mugs of beer -- more than twice the volume of an Olympic swimming pool -- during the whole festival run.The price of the beer always touches off a debate and in some tents this year was to creep over the 10-euro mark for the first time -- to 10.10 euros ($13), according to officials.
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