Beer-steeped festivities have begun in Munich, Germany. Dubbed as the world's largest (at times rowdiest) fair, Oktoberfest has got off to a great start despite the rains and tight security. The 18-day folk festival, running through October 3, is, for most part, dominated by alcohol, food, games and adventure rides.

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Pictured:Actors perform during the Oktoberfest parade in Munich, Germany, September 18, 2016.Michaela Rehle/ Reuters

While the beer-guzzling patrons are fun to look at, actors vibrantly dressed in Bavarian clothing parading through the streets of the metropolis is what makes for a really interesting photo-op. The fest, which is into its 183rd year, is not just another escape from the humdrum routine of everyday life, it has a royal history attached to it. Oktoberfest, commonly known as Wiesn in Munich, was first held in 1810, as part of a 5-day-long wedding celebrations of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen, and repeated the year after, in the process kick-starting the widely-popular Oktoberfest.

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Pictured: Women dressed in traditional Bavarian clothes take part in the Oktoberfest parade in Munich, Germany, September 18, 2016.Michaela Rehle/ Reuters
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Pictured: Actors perform during Oktoberfest parade in Munich.Michaela Rehle/ Reuters
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Pictured: Visitors drink beer during the opening day of the 183rd Oktoberfest in Munich.Michaela Rehle/ Reuters
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Pictured:Visitors cheer with beer during the opening day of the 183rd Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, September 17, 2016.Michaela Rehle/ Reuters
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Pictured: A waitress carries beer in a tent during the opening day of the 183rd Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, September 17, 2016.Michaela Rehle/ Reuters
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Pictured: A visitor drinks beer during the opening day of the 183rd Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, September 17, 2016.Michaela Rehle/ Reuters
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Pictured: Security checks the bags of visitors on the opening day of the 183rd Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, September 17, 2016.Michaela Rehle/ Reuters