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Battle of the Oranges transforms Italian town for 3 days of carnival festivities

Battle of the Oranges transforms Italian town for 3 days of carnival festivities

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IVREA, Italy (Circa) – The annual Battle of the Oranges took place in Italy Monday. Residents and tourists visiting the Italian town of Ivrea flooded the streets to pummel each other with tons of oranges.

Each year the town of Ivrea, located north Turin, hosts a three day long battle of the Oranges.

The exact origins of the festival are thought to date back to Middle Ages when tyrannical baron ruled over the city.

The residents divide into nine teams known as the “Orange throwers” or commoners and the “dukes allies.” Those representing the tyrants armies mount horse drawn carriages, while those representing the orange throwers toss their fruit from the ground at passing carts, according to the festivals official website.

Festival participants are asked to don red hats called a “Berretto Frigio” or Phrygian cap, which is meant to symbolize freedom and liberty.

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On the last day of the festival, women will dress as “La Mugnaia” or the millers daughter, the figure who was thought to have inspired the uprising.

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