The 175th Octoberfest kicked off today in Munich with a parade and the sound of Prost throughout the streets. Thousands of people lined the streets leading to the theresienwiese, and then followed the parade into the Octoberfest grounds to begin the celebration. By 9 am, visitors flocked to the beer tents and many closed doors by noon as they were already filled. More than 6 million are expected to attend this year’s festivities, as the world’s largest festival. Since 1818, you have had the strong presence of the big six Munich breweries – Spaten, Lwenbrau, Augustiner, Hofbrau, Palaner, and Hacker-Pschorr. Despite much consolidation in the beer business, you still see these six breweries at the heart of the Octoberfest.