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Food Fight: Tomatina festival 2011

Tons of overripe tomatoes were hurled for an hour in a massive red food fight in town of Bunol, Spain, on Aug. 31. The La Tomatina festival -- held each year on the last Wednesday of August -- evolved from a street fight in the 1940s when a group of young men who wanted to participate in the "gigantes y cabezudos" parade used tomatoes from a vegetable stand as weapons. An estimated 40,000 people showed up this year for the food fight. -- Lloyd Young (19 photos total)

A reveler gives the thumbs-up as he is covered with tomato pulp after the annual Tomatina (tomato fight) in the Mediterranean village of Bunol, near Valencia, Aug. 31. (Heino Kalis/Reuters)
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