The beer is flowing and carnival rides running again at this year’s 179th Oktoberfest in Munich. Known as the world’s largest beer festival, the event dates to 1810 when Crown Prince Ludwig was married to Princess Therese and the people of Munich were invited to attend the festivities. More than 6 million people are expected to attend this year’s festival, which runs until Oct. 7. — NOTE: We’re going to be asking some viewers of The Big Picture to answer one or two anonymous survey questions before viewing the full post or you can choose to send a tweet or Facebook post instead. ( 31 photos total)

A young man displays a beer mug in the Hofbraeuhaus tent after the opening of the famous Bavarian Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, on Sept. 22. The world’s largest beer festival, held from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7 will attract more than six million guests from around the world. (Matthias Schrader/Associated Press)

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