Rivers of red ran through Bunol, a town in eastern Spain, on Aug. 29. But they weren’t rivers of blood. They were rivers of tomato pulp, as thousands of people threw tomatoes at each other.
The revelers threw around 145 tons of tomatoes to celebrate the annual Tomatina festival.
A firecracker marked the start of the massive food fight at 11 a.m. During the next hour, six trucks loaded with overripe tomatoes drove through the small town’s main street. Some festivalgoers threw tomatoes from the truck. Many wore goggles to protect their eyes. Organizers recommended wearing clothes and shoes that you can throw away later.
As the story goes, the Tomatina festival started in 1945, when villagers had an argument and ended up throwing tomatoes at each other. The festival was banned for a while in the 1950s. But today people come from all over the world to enjoy the fruity food fight. (Reuters)