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Germany’s Oompah Party

Revellers at Germany s Oktoberfest, the world s largest folk festival, consumed a record 7.5 million litres of beer during the 17-day party which ended on Oct. 3 in blazing sunshine.

Despite gloom in Germany about the spiralling debt crisis, the festival drew some 6.9 million visitors, many clad in traditional Bavarian lederhosen or dirndls.

To the rousing strains of oompah bands, partygoers devoured 118 oxen and 53 calves. But, as usual, the most popular fare to help soak up a Mass, or litre mug, of beer was roast chicken hundreds of thousands of which were consumed, along with pork sausages.

Munich Mayor Christian Ude described it as a Dream Oktoberfest.

Organizers were particularly pleased that there were only 58 brawls in which drinkers used their Masskrug, or heavy litre beer mugs, as a weapon, said police.

The Oktoberfest was first celebrated 201 years ago when Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hi ldburghausen and invited Munich s citizens to join the party on the Theresienwiesen, a patch of green just outside the city centre.

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