Oktoberfest 2013: the world's biggest beer festival in pictures

Munich has opened its doors to the world's biggest beer festival once again, and Oktoberfest is now in full swing until 6 October. 

With more than six million guests from around the world expected to head to the many beer tents found in the Theresienwiese field, HELLO! Online takes a look at the opening weekend's festivities, including the costumes, the opening parade and the wonderfully decorated tents where all the fun takes place. Not to forget and Samuel L Jackson and German tennis legend Boris Becker, who were both among this year's guests...

The festival is clearly underway in this tent, which is packed to the brim with drinkers dressed in traditional costume and bursting with colour. Toy horses hang from the ceiling and a band is playing live music from the stage on the right. Photo: © Getty Images

Visitors sail through the air on a ride during the Oktoberfest beer festival, on the festival's opening day. Photo: © Getty Images

A little boy nibbles on Bratwurst as he sits in a trolley while taking part in the traditional costume parade of the Bavarian beer festival. Photo: © Getty Images

Festival goers reach for the first beer after the Lord Mayor of Munich has tapped the first beer keg and proclaimed: O'zapft is! (it's tapped). Photo: © Getty Images

A view of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest, on the Theresienwiese fair grounds in Munich, southern Germany, by night. Photo: © Getty Images

A little girl named Theresa wears traditional Bavarian dress and her hair tied up in a bun and decorated with flowers for the traditional costume parade. Photo: © Getty Images

Women wearing the traditional dress - called the dirndl - of local associations take part in the traditional costume parade in front of the Odeons church in Munich. Photo: © Getty Images

Samuel L Jackson gets in the Oktoberfest spirit, even donning the traditional costume. Photo: © Getty Images

Oktoberfest-goers wait anxiously for the fun to begin and the beer to be served in this huge tent... Photo: © Getty Images

German tennis legend Boris Becker with his wife Lilly at the festival. Photo: © Getty Images