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PM Justin Trudeau taps the keg at K-W Oktoberfest

The keg was tapped at Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest on Friday by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. We have photos of the festivities.
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tapped the keg to open the 48th annual K-W Oktoberfest in Kitchener, Ont. Friday. 

The festival is the second-largest celebration of Bavarian culture in the world after Munich, Germany's Oktoberfest, and has been a staple of the Kitchener-Waterloo community.

Several hundred onlookers gather in front of Kitchener City Hall for the opening ceremonies of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, Oct. 7 2016. (Kate Bueckert/CBC News)

Trudeau was joined by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, Waterloo Regional Chair Ken Seiling and K-W Oktoberfest president Alfred Lowrick. 

About 700,000 festival attendees are expected, according to a release from the festival. 

Check out some of our photos and a video of the keg tapping below.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raises a beer stein after tapping the keg at the official kick-off of KW Oktoberfest on Friday. (Kate Bueckert/CBC News)
Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic takes a selfie with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the 2016 keg tapping ceremony at Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest. (CBC News)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau might not have worn lederhosen, but Liam Grebinski did. He attended the keg tapping with his mom, Laura Grebinski. (Gary Graves/CBC News)
The "Transylvania Dancers" perform for the crowd during the 2016 Oktoberfest opening ceremonies. (Kate Bueckert/CBC News)
Among those in the crowd to watch the ceremonial keg tapping were Rick Mills (red hat), Dee Rees and Chad Veenhof. (Kate Bueckert/CBC News)
Miss Oktoberfest Vanessa Buttinger welcomes the crowd, Oct. 7, 2016. (Kate Bueckert/CBC News)
Waterloo Regional Police Chief Bryan Larkin tries out his dance moves at the keg tapping. (Kate Bueckert/CBC News)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raises his stein and salutes the crowd at KW Oktoberfest 2016. (Kate Bueckert/CBC News)
Premier Kathleen Wynne raises her stein at KW Oktoberfest, alongside Miss Oktoberfest 2016 Vanessa Buttinger (left). (Kate Bueckert/CBC News)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau waves farewell to the crowd at KW Oktoberfest. (CBC News)

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