Dirndls and brass: Oktoberfest mania spreads beyond beer festival

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Young women from Baden-Wuerttemberg pose while wearing Bavarian dirndls at Munich's 180th OktoberfestBy Victoria Bryan and Martinne Geller Munich (Reuters) – A decade ago, waitresses at Oktoberfest were the only ones in dirndls, the Bavarian peasant-inspired, corseted dresses featuring white blouses and colored aprons, and trendy Berliners wouldn't dream of dancing to oompah music in public. Now, Munich's annual beer festival is a sea of traditionally-clad tourists, with revelers from as far away as Canada, Mexico and Iran donning dirndls or the equivalent outfits for men – lederhosen and checked shirts. "I wanted to be part of the local atmosphere. …