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Johannes Simon/Getty Images On the right: A young boy in a traditional Bavarian costume Oktober-rests in a cart during the Costume and Rifleman’s Parade Sunday in Munich, Germany. The procession, which features oompah bands and people in Bavarian costumes, takes place annually on the first Sunday of Munich’s Oktoberfest beer festival, which this year began on ...

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On the right: A young boy in a traditional Bavarian costume Oktober-rests in a cart during the Costume and Rifleman’s Parade Sunday in Munich, Germany. The procession, which features oompah bands and people in Bavarian costumes, takes place annually on the first Sunday of Munich’s Oktoberfest beer festival, which this year began on Saturday and lasts until Oct. 7.

Other highlights from the opening weekend include:

  • 500,000 liters of beer gulped
  • 11 oxen devoured
  • 60 “beer corpses” (though a spokeswoman for the Munich police said the actual number of people who drank themselves unconscious was probably higher)
  • An out-of-control American man who threw a carrot, injuring a Chilean woman near the eye
  • An inebriated Swiss man who got scared by a mechanical ghost and attacked it.

Preeti Aroon was copy chief at Foreign Policy from 2009 to 2016 and was an FP assistant editor from 2007 to 2009. @pjaroonFP

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