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People Throws 100 Metric Tons of Tomatoes in La Tomatina Festival

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Last Updated: Jan 18, 2016

People literally painted the town red in Buñol, Spain during the La Tomatin festival on August 27.

Hordes of people from all over the world flock to this city to experience throwing over-ripe tomatoes in the streets.

Some 20,000 people throw over 100 metric tons of tomatoes all over the streets of this city for the annual La Tomatina festival.4 tomato 1

Last year, there were some 40,000 to 50,000 people who participated in the festival. But this year, the Excellency Town Hall of Buñol sold tickets at €10 each to limit the participants to only 20,000.

No More Climbing Greased Wooden Pole4 pole

Traditionally, someone has to climb a greased wooden pole that stands two-storey high with a ham on its tip, before the tomato-throwing bonanza begins. But since this activity can take a little longer, the La Tomatina will officially start at 11 am local time. Tomato throwers can’t wait for the pole climbing anymore and start the one hour-long tomato food fight at 11 am.

Festival Guidelines

Participants must wear goggles and gloves for safety. They should follow courtesy rules like not bringing harmful objects, crushing the tomatoes before throwing them and not ripping the shirts of other participants.

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