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Orange battle in Northern Italy

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 01:24

Feb. 21 - In the northern Italian town of Ivrea, locals celebrate the carnival season by pelting each other with oranges, re-enacting a centuries-old legend of tyranny and the fight for liberty. Tara Cleary reports.

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Drumbeats call the warriors to arms in the northern Italian town of Ivrea. Oranges are the weapons of the day. And once carnival queen Violetta has made her way safely through the crowds … the Battle of the Oranges commences. Legend has it that in the 12th century the daughter of a miller rejected the advances of a ruthless count, who made it his mission to deflower all the town's young women before they were married. She decapitated him and set Ivrea free from his tyranny. And following World War II, the reenactment has been governed by strict rules. Plus 500 tons of Sicilian citrus. SOUNDBITE: Ivrea resident, Angelo, saying (Italian): "Our carnival is a family tradition, it's the tradition of our parents, it's something that is close to our hearts. We need to confront this challenge. It's a historic moment. For Ivrea it's a historic moment." SOUNDBITE: Ivrea resident, Andrea, saying (Italian): "It's important, exceptional, fantastic." The oranges represent the head of the slain 12th century oppressor. And with all that fruit-flinging, it's probably the sweetest smelling battle around. Tara Cleary, Reuters.

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Orange battle in Northern Italy

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 01:24