People from around the world covered themselves in tomatoes on Wednesday as Spain’s famous Tomatina street fight took place again after a two-year lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Workers on trucks dumped 130 tons of overripe tomatoes along the main street of the eastern town of Bunol for participants to toss, leaving the area drenched in red pulp.
Up to 20,000 people should attend the festival and pay €12 per ticket for the privilege. City streets are hosed down and revelers are showered within minutes of the hour-long midday battle ending.
The event, held on the last Wednesday in August, was inspired by a 1945 food fight between local children in the town, which is in a tomato-growing region.
Media attention in the 1980s made it a national and international event, attracting participants from all parts of the world.
Local officials said they were expecting fewer foreign visitors this year, mainly because of ongoing fears over Covid-19 in Asian countries.
Participants wear swimming goggles to protect their eyes while leaving their clothing, typically t-shirts and shorts, covered with pulp.
Aside from being the first battle since the pandemic began in Spain in 2020, this year’s celebration had the added appeal of being the 75th anniversary of the event and 20 years since the festival was declared an international tourist attraction by Spain. to be.
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