A river of beer estimated at some four million litres (seven million pints) are due to roll down the throats of Munich's inhabitants end visitors during the city's annual beer festival, which opened on Saturday (18 September).
GV Beer hail Where festival opened
SV Start of parade with horses
SV Horse-drawn carts decorated with flowers
SV Another cart with Dr Vogel waving to crowd (2 shots)
SV Horse-drawn beer waggons in parade
SV INT. Dr Vogel taps first barrel
SV Girls look on
SV Dr Vogel drinks first litre
SV Waitress carrying ten litre-glasses to tables outside hall
SV People at tables eating & drinking (3 shots)
SV Fairground souvenir stalls
SV Children on swing-roundabout with cathedral in B/G
GV Big wheel & roundabout turning
SV Children in miniature cars
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Background: A river of beer estimated at some four million litres (seven million pints) are due to roll down the throats of Munich's inhabitants end visitors during the city's annual beer festival, which opened on Saturday (18 September).
Munich insists on calling it the Oktoberfest, although it takes place in September. It started in 1810 as a royal garden party for the wedding of the Bavarian crown prince. But is has long since become a thoroughly democratic opportunity to celebrate the justly famous product of the Munich breweries.
SYNOPSIS: In Munich, West Germany, thousands of litres of beer have rolled down thousands of throats since the annual beer festival started on its traditional course on Saturday. The festival attracts millions of foreign visitors from the beer-drinking countries of the world.
The festivities were set in motion by the Mayor of Munich, Dr Hans Jochen Vogel, for the last time before he steps down from office. Behind his carriage, a waggon carrying the object of all the celebration.
In one of the huge brewery-tents, Dr Vogel ritually tapped the first barrel, drew and consumed the first foaming litre. Although the festival is traditionally opened in mid-September, the people of Munich insist on calling it...the "Oktoberfest".
A combination of skill and muscle-power is needed to fulfil the demands of the vast crowds that the festival attracts. It started in 1810 as a garden-party to mark a royal wedding, but over the years it has become a thoroughly democratic celebration of the brewer's art.
The beer festival has a carnival atmosphere, and there are plenty of other attractions for those too young to drink the deceptively mild-flavoured Munich beer. For their parents there are the usual grumbles about the price of the beer, which has gone up again since last year. But they're still expected to work their way through four million litres before the festival ends.