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What 6 overlooked is that you probably encounter gay people every day. Just because they aren't wearing "leathers" means nothing. It was just the "scene" that was new to you, not gay people (I assume).

I've been to Munich during Oktoberfest. Very different than the ones I've seen here. Here you seem mostly to wander around from tent to tent, getting little cups of beer. In the meantime there are kiddie rides, and funnel cakes, and such. Sometimes some live music.

In Munich they have these huge halls filled with (for lack of a better descriptor) picnic tables. You sit shoulder-to-shoulder with hundreds of your best friends drinking large mugs of beer. Some lederhosen, some funny hats, no kiddie rides, no funnel cakes. And bar maids running about the hall trying to keep everyone topped-off. Each hall is a single brewer (e.g. Warsteiner). And no Budweiser or Schlitz or Michelob to be found. Oh...and outside the halls they have "beer gardens" if you prefer a bit more privacy (i.e. tables), but have fun trying to find an open chair. The pedestrian mall outside the halls is pretty busy. I didn't quite figure out what those folks were doing (except those being interviewed by the news crew). There are a dozen or so halls, you just have to pick one and try to find space. But the mall traffic didn't seem to be exclusively funneling into the various halls.
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