Denver celebrates 43rd Oktoberfest

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DENVER – Coloradans craving German cuisine and an ice-cold beer flocked to 20th and Larimer to celebrate Denver’s 43rd annual Oktoberfest, which kicked-off Friday afternoon.

Oktoberfest is a tradition that started at Larimer Square in 1969, when shop owners Fred and Hertha Thomas tapped a keg of beer in front of their café and served pretzels and white radishes to their guests. More than 40 years later, the event attracts an average of 350,000 people during the six-day festival.

Denver’s Ballpark neighborhood welcomed the crowd to the free two-weekend festival, which included the ceremonial tapping of the first keg on Friday, and dance performances on the German stage Saturday afternoon. More than 50 accordion players are expected to perform together on Sunday.

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