Thousands of revelers waged what is considered the world’s biggest food fight in the eastern Spanish town of Bunol on Wednesday (August 28), hurling tonnes of tomatoes at each other and cavorting in the red pulp underneath their feet.
The town hall had distributed over 20,000 tickets to the annual festival this year, attended by many foreign tourists and locals alike.
A thunderous yell greeted six trucks carrying a total of 145 tonnes of the fruit as they rolled through the streets of Bunol and organizers tossed the over-ripe tomatoes into the crowd, quickly converting it into a sea of pink and red.
Some revelers wore goggles as protection for their eyes and quite a few buildings were draped with tarpaulin to preserve the walls, while others were soaked with the pulp, creating a scene worthy of a modern art painting.
The Tomatina is said to have originated from a spontaneous bust-up amongst villagers in 1945.
It was banned for a while during the 1950s at the height of General Francisco Franco’s dictatorship but survived to gain popularity across Spain in the 1980s and today draws large crowds of visitors from abroad as well as Spaniards. (REUTERS)
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