Annual Oktoberfest closing ceremony: lots of noise and smoke
Around 60 male and female gunners in traditional costume form up on the steps below the Bavaria at 12 o'clock sharp on the last day of the Oktoberfest. Each shot not only causes a loud bang, but also sends up white smoke - because instead of bullets, the shooters use black powder. The spectacle is accompanied musically by a brass band. Traditionally, the Bavarian anthem is sung at the end.