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Italian Carnival: Battle of the Oranges in Ivrea

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People wearing protection helmets and costumes throw oranges as part of Carnival celebrations in the northern Italian Piedmont town of Ivrea on Monday, March 7. The traditional Battle of the Oranges has its roots in the middle of the 19th century.

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Teams throw oranges at each other during the traditional Battle of the Oranges on Monday. The event marks the rebellion of the people against tyrannical lords who ruled the town in the Middle Ages, with the revellers on carts representing guards of the tyrant, those on foot the townsfolk.

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Teams throw oranges at each other during the traditional Battle of the Oranges on Monday.

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Oanges lay on the ground after the traditional Battle of the Oranges on Monday.

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