- Title: Thousands of revellers hurl tomatoes in La Tomatina food fight festival
- Date: 28th August 2019
- Summary: BUNOL, SPAIN (AUGUST 28, 2019) (REUTERS) TRUCK CARRYING TOMATOES BEEPING AND MOVING PAST CROWDS AS PEOPLE IN THE TRUCK HURL TOMATOES INTO THE CROWD VARIOUS OF PEOPLE IN THE TRUCK HURLING TOMATOES AT CROWD AND USING THEIR HANDS TO DUMP TOMATO PULP ONTO THE REVELLERS REVELLERS ON THE GROUND THROWING TOMATOES AT EACH OTHER REVELLERS ON THE GROUND SOAKED IN TOMATO JUICE AND WEARING GOGGLES THROWING TOMATOES WOMAN RIDING IN BACK OF TRUCK COVERED IN TOMATOES RAISING HER ARMS REVELLERS INSIDE TRUCK THROWING TOMATOES WOMAN TRYING TO REMOVE TOMATO FROM HER EYES DRENCHED REVELLERS ON THE GROUND TOSSING TOMATOES AT EACH OTHER CROWDS ON THE GROUND HURLING TOMATOES AT REVELLERS IN THE TRUCK REVELLERS ON THE GROUND HURLING TOMATOES AT EACH OTHER REVELLERS IN TRUCK THROWING TOMATOES AT CROWD, LEAVING BEHIND A SEA OF TOMATO PULP WHERE SOME REVELLERS ARE PLAYING REVELLERS COVERED IN SPLATTERED TOMATOES TOSSING TOMATO VARIOUS OF REVELLERS ON THE GROUND COVERED IN TOMATO TOSSING THE FRUIT AT EACH OTHER
- Embargoed: 11th September 2019 11:05
- Keywords: Tomatina food fight festival Bunol Spain revellers tomatoes Tomatina tomato fight
- Location: BUNOL, SPAIN
- City: BUNOL, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment
- Reuters ID: LVA001AU4V3NR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Thousands of revellers 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 organisers tossed the over-ripe tomatoes into the crowd, quickly converting it into a sea of pink and red.
Some revellers 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.
(Production: Guillermo Martinez, Catherine Macdonald)
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