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Spaniards celebrate Cascamorras with ample amounts of grease

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People covered in black grease celebrate the traditional festivities of Cascamorras in Baza, Spain, Sept. 6.

Jorge Guerrero / AFP - Getty Images — Every year on Sept. 6 a villager from Guadix dresses as an oddball character called 'Cascamorras' and travels 1.8 miles to the village of Baza, accompanied by a team of representatives, to stage an attempt to recapture the statue of the Virgen de la Piedad. The people of Baza dirty their faces and wait with colored water and eggs to pelt the intruders, thus staining the clothes of Cascamorras and ensuring his failure.

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Youths covered in black grease take part in the traditional festivities of Cascamorras, in Baza, Spain, Sept. 6.

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Youths cover each other in black grease during the traditional festivities of Cascamorras in Baza, Spain, Sept. 6.

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People painted with black grease walk by a wall stained with grease as they celebrate the Cascamorras festival in Baza, Spain, Sept. 6.

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People wash off black grease during the traditional festivities of Cascamorras in Baza, near Granada, Sept. 6.

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