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Juicy Wars: Ivrea deluged in zest as ‘Battle of Oranges’ goes wild03:02

Juicy Wars: Ivrea deluged in zest as ‘Battle of Oranges’ goes wild

Italy, Ivrea
February 12, 2018 at 04:25 GMT -00:00 · Published

Thousands of people pelted each other with oranges in the north Italian city of Ivrea on Sunday, as part of the tradition known as the 'Battle of the Oranges'.

Teams of 'aranceri' or orange handlers on foot threw oranges at the aranceri riding in carts. The origins of the battle are not known for sure, though one theory purports it is a re-enactment of the civil war between Napoleonic troops and the people of Ivrea, with those on foot representing the townspeople, and those in carts, the troops.

The mock rebellion takes place every year. Some 500 tons of oranges are shipped from Sicily to the town in northwestern Italy in order to supply the "fighters" with the "weapons."

The food-fight, Italy's largest, is part of the annual Carnival of Ivrea.

Miles de personas se lanzaron naranjas unos a otros este domingo en la ciudad norteña de Ivrea, como parte de la tradición conocida como la "Batalla de las Naranjas".

Equipos de “aranceri” (naranjeros) a pie lanzaron naranjas contra aquellos que viajaban a bordo de las carrozas que cruzaban la plaza. Los orígenes de esta singular batalla no se conocen con certeza, aunque una de las teorías vigentes habla de una recreación de la guerra entre las tropas napoleónicas y el pueblo de Ivrea, con aquellos que van a pie representando a los residentes locales frente a los que están en las carrozas, que representarían las tropas francesas.

Esta guerra de broma tiene lugar todos los años. Alrededor de 500 toneladas de naranjas son enviadas desde Sicilia a esta ciudad del noroeste de Italia para abastecer a los "combatientes" con “munición" naranja.

Esta batalla de comida, la más grande de Italia, es parte del Carnaval anual de Ivrea.

Juicy Wars: Ivrea deluged in zest as ‘Battle of Oranges’ goes wild03:02
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Thousands of people pelted each other with oranges in the north Italian city of Ivrea on Sunday, as part of the tradition known as the 'Battle of the Oranges'.

Teams of 'aranceri' or orange handlers on foot threw oranges at the aranceri riding in carts. The origins of the battle are not known for sure, though one theory purports it is a re-enactment of the civil war between Napoleonic troops and the people of Ivrea, with those on foot representing the townspeople, and those in carts, the troops.

The mock rebellion takes place every year. Some 500 tons of oranges are shipped from Sicily to the town in northwestern Italy in order to supply the "fighters" with the "weapons."

The food-fight, Italy's largest, is part of the annual Carnival of Ivrea.

Miles de personas se lanzaron naranjas unos a otros este domingo en la ciudad norteña de Ivrea, como parte de la tradición conocida como la "Batalla de las Naranjas".

Equipos de “aranceri” (naranjeros) a pie lanzaron naranjas contra aquellos que viajaban a bordo de las carrozas que cruzaban la plaza. Los orígenes de esta singular batalla no se conocen con certeza, aunque una de las teorías vigentes habla de una recreación de la guerra entre las tropas napoleónicas y el pueblo de Ivrea, con aquellos que van a pie representando a los residentes locales frente a los que están en las carrozas, que representarían las tropas francesas.

Esta guerra de broma tiene lugar todos los años. Alrededor de 500 toneladas de naranjas son enviadas desde Sicilia a esta ciudad del noroeste de Italia para abastecer a los "combatientes" con “munición" naranja.

Esta batalla de comida, la más grande de Italia, es parte del Carnaval anual de Ivrea.

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