La Tomatina, an annual festival in Spain where people throw tons of overripe tomatoes at each other, has made a return to the eastern town of Bunol after a two year pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thousands of participants joined the iconic tomato fight, which is inspired by a fight between local children in 1945 and traditionally held on the last Wednesday of August.
Started at midday on Wednesday Aug. 31, six trucks filled with tomatoes drove through the narrow streets of the town as people hurled tomatoes at each other in a one-hour frenzy, covering each other with red pulp and juice.
After the fight, streets are hosed down while people wash off the pulp before heading to related festivities like concerts and contests later in the evening.
“We were really eager to resume our beloved party, to once again be able to throw tomatoes at each other and release all the adrenaline we built up these last two years,” local tourism official Maria Valles told AFP.