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We will never know if Boris Becker actually respected tradition and turned up in lederhosen, but his dirndl-clad friend in Mun­ich’s Oktoberfest sure inspired him to swill those gargantuan pitchers of beer effortlessly. The bankrupt tennis legend nearly ran into his nearly-divorced wife, they say. Ah, but then, we disapprove of unpleasant encounters.

A band of musicians take part in the 186th Oktoberfest beer festival, in Munich

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People take part in the 186th Oktoberfest beer festival.

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Elena poses with the new official Oktoberfest 2019 beer mugs in Munich, Germany. The world largest beer festival starts on Sept. 21, 2019 and runs untill Oct. 6, 2019.

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The spunky German lassie raising a toast in an Oktoberfest beer tent

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People enter the 185th 'Oktoberfest' beer festival in Munich, Germany.

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People wave during a parade as part of the opening of the 185th 'Oktoberfest' beer festival in Munich, Germany.

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Festively decorated horses participate in the traditional costume and riflemen's parade at the second day of the 185th Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, Germany.

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Young women participate in the traditional costume and riflemen's parade at the second day of the 185th Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, Germany.

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People participate in the traditional costume and riflemen's parade at the second day of the 185th Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, Germany.

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People participate in the traditional costume and riflemen's parade at the second day of the 185th Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, Germany.

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Young women lift glasses of beer during the opening of the 185th 'Oktoberfest' beer festival in Munich, Germany.

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A man reaches out for a glass of beer during the opening of the 185th 'Oktoberfest' beer festival in Munich, Germany.

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People run to enter the 185th 'Oktoberfest' beer festival in Munich, Germany.

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People run to enter the 185th 'Oktoberfest' beer festival in Munich, Germany.

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Young women lift glasses of beer during the opening of the 185th 'Oktoberfest' beer festival in Munich, Germany.

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Two men drink beer during the opening of the 185th 'Oktoberfest' beer festival in Munich, Germany.

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A young woman celebrates the opening of the 185th 'Oktoberfest' beer festival in Munich, Germany.

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People lift beer glasses during a parade as part of the opening of the 185th 'Oktoberfest' beer festival in Munich, Germany. The world's largest beer festival will be held from Sept. 22 until Oct. 7, 2018.

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Oliver Struempfel competes during his world record attempt, carrying 27 beer mugs at the traditional festival Gillamoos in Abensberg, Germany. He succeeded.

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Waitresses Beli, right, and Anika pose with beer mugs during the opening of the 181th Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany. The world's largest beer festival will be held from Sept. 20 to Oct. 5, 2014.

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Bavarian riflemen and women in traditional costumes fire their muzzle loaders in Munich, southern Germany. Members of various shooting clubs of the region met for a salute on the last day of the famous Oktoberfest beer festival.

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Traditionally dressed Bavarian men raise their steins and enjoy a sunny day of the famous Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7, 2012 will see some million visitors.

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Participants of the Oktoberfest folklore parade eat and drink in a beer tent at the famous Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7, 2012 will see some million visitors.

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Visitors enjoy a ride in a carousel on a sunny day at the famous beer festival 'Oktoberfest' in Munich, southern Germany. The world's biggest beer festival runs until October 3.

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Bavarians Hans Birzer, Maria Hainzinger and Sepp Mayerhoermann, from left to right, salute with beer mugs on occasion of the socalled 'Day of the Bavarian Beer' during an event in Munich, southern Germany. Bavarians celebrate the German purity law for beer dating back to the year 1516.

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Wolfgang Boehm displays bottles of "Papstbier" or Pope beer in front of the birth place of new Pope Benedict XVI in Marktl, southern Bavaria, Germany.

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