Oktoberfest boss Clemens Baumgärtner makes it clear: "Like hardly any other event, the Oktoberfest stands for Munich's motto 'live and let live'. Two men kissing or women holding hands are the norm there." The media had recently reported on a homophobic attack - the rainbow flags that now waft over the festival grounds are a clear sign of tolerance, respect and diversity.
"With the rainbow flags, the state capital of Munich wants to carry this message to the outside world and set a sign today for tolerance and openness to the world. Tolerance is an essential measure of the peacefulness of the Oktoberfest", says Baumgärtner.