The traditional costume parade of the Bavarian Oktoberfest festival



This file photo taken on September 21, 2014 shows women wearing the dirndl of local associations taking part in the traditional costume parade of the Bavarian Oktoberfest festival in in the city of Munich, southern Germany. Is it about lederhosen, bratwurst and beer? Will it stir a healthy patriotism? Or does it hark back to the darkest chapter of Germany history by championing nationalism and excluding minorities? A new “Heimat”, or homeland, ministry to be launched on March 14, 2018 by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s new government has left Germans deeply divided. / AFP PHOTO / Christof STACHE

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