Why thousands of people join a massive food fight in this Italian town each year

Feb 13, 2018 257

BY: Catherine Edwards

Italy is home to many spectacular spring carnivals, from masks and extravagant costumes in Venice to political satire in Viareggio. But one of the most unusual festivals takes place in a small town in northwestern Italy, where thousands gather each February to wage war... with oranges.

The three-day food fight in Ivrea, Piedmont has taken place each year since 1808, making 2018 the carnival's 210th edition. Huge crowds descend on the city for the Battle of the Oranges, a messy fight believed to commemorate a revolt against the monarchy. The festivities kicked off on Sunday and continue until Tuesday, February 13th, the day before Ash Wednesday and the Christian festival of Lent.

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SOURCE: https://www.thelocal.it/

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