Battle of the Oranges: Thousands in Ivrea, Italy, pelt each other with fruit
Thousands gathered in brightly coloured costumes in the northern Italian city of Ivrea to pelt each other with fresh oranges. The tradition is a re-enactment of a Middle Age battle. Dressed as the Kings' guards, a group of men on horse-drawn carriages throw oranges at the "foot soldiers", who represent the ordinary townsfolk. The carnival is in commemoration of when the townsfolk of Ivrea overthrew the evil King - however instead of using swords for a prop the Italians use oranges.
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