On the first Oktoberfest Sunday, a parade through Munich is a dazzling showcase of traditional costumes. It was first staged on the 25th wedding anniversary of King Ludwig I and Therese of Bavaria in 1835.
Not giving in to terror, but taking it into account is what the organizers of Munich's Oktoberfest are trying to accomplish by implementing more security checks, fences and a ban on backpacks.
Authorities in Munich have ramped up security for this year's Oktoberfest. This year a security barricade encircles the venue, surveillance cameras have been installed and large backpacks banned from the tented area.
Every year Stuttgart kicks off the beginning of fall with the Cannstatter Volksfest - the second biggest festival of its kind in Germany. The 171th edition this year runs from September 23 through October 9.
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