Saturday, 29 August 2009

Tomato-armed revelers turn Spanish town red

Up to 50,000 revelers descended on the small Spanish town of Bunol near Valencia Wednesday, collectively throwing, squishing, and pummeling 100 metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes in what has grown to be the world's biggest annual food fight.

The Tomatina festival began in 1945, but there is no official explanation of how it started.

Theories of its origins range from a practical joke on a bad musician to the anarchic aftermath of a lorry spillage to a local food fight among friends

A participant at the annual Tomatina festival in Spain dives for cover amidst an intense volley of over-ripe tomatoes,0.jpg


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