The Guca Trumpet Festival, Serbia

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The Guca Trumpet Festival, Serbia

The Guca Trumpet Festival, which began in 1961, is an annual brass band gathering in western Serbia. Hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world come to the town of approximately 2,000 citizens every August.

But, it would be a mistake to think of this festival as only a set of concerts. It is also a hedonistic happening fueled by a locally distilled liqueur called rakija, which is the tincture of choice. The end of the event is punctuated with the Golden Trumpet award.

For an authentic—and truly wild—look at one of the best festivals in Europe, please click through the following slideshow.