Oktoberfest starts with wet weather

NAfter two years of corona-related forced breaks in Munich Oktoberfest started - in wet and cold weather and with fewer guests than at the last Wiesn before the pandemic. According to estimates by the festival management, around 700,000 guests came to the festival on the first weekend. In 2019, the number of visitors was around one million. A major reason for the restrained attendance, especially on Sunday, was probably the weather.

Wiesn boss Clemens Baumgärtner (CSU) said on Sunday that he was happy about a comfortable start, but: "For the next two weeks we still want Petrus to remember what decent Wiesn weather looks like." Despite the weather, thousands lined the streets when Traditional costumers and marksmen in colorful robes went to the Oktoberfest, including groups from the USA and Canada.

Mayor out of practice

Munich Mayor Dieter Rider (SPD) and Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) drove with their wives in coaches of honor. Reiter had opened the folk festival the day before and toasted a peaceful Wiesn with Söder. However, the mayor seemed a little out of practice after the long Oktoberfest break: he needed three hits to tap the first beer keg – instead of two as before. He took it calmly - at least there was room for improvement.

Reiter, who gave the green light for the Wiesn in April after careful consideration, now called this a good decision. "Everyone is looking forward to it - and that's what makes you most happy as mayor." For soderwho was always in favor of the Wiesn 2022, the mass event is a "festival of joy and freedom".

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