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Oktoberfest Zinzinnati kicks off, police keep watchful eye

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The largest Oktoberfest in the country is back in Cincinnati this weekend.

More than 500,000 people are expected as the weekend-long festivities kicked off Friday night. 

"I think it's great. I think it's fun.  It's fun to see everyone walk around and see all the people dressed up. It's been a good time,” said one party goer.

"The people. The food. The environment. You see everybody in Cincinnati here,” one person told FOX19 NOW.

It’s shaping up to be a huge weekend in downtown Cincinnati with Oktoberfest, a Bengals home game and the comic expo at the Duke Energy Convention Center. With that, police are planning ahead, and say they’re ready for it all.

"We're prepared. We have extra officers inside the event, and on the outer part of the event. We understand how important this is for everybody to come down, feel safe and have a good time,” said Capt. Mike Neville of the Cincinnati Police Department.

Neville declined to disclose the department’s staffing numbers around the events downtown this weekend.

Other Cincinnati events have drawn incidents like brawls and violence during the Fourth of July, Labor Day and last year's Taste of Cincinnati.

Police are planning to keep it from happening downtown during this weekend’s good time.

“This is a historical Cincinnati event,” Neville told FOX19 NOW. “We’re here to watch people have a good time, and make sure they do.”

That good time is well underway and lasts all weekend. 

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