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A juicy Carnival celebration in Italy

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 01:06

Carnival-goers in northern Italy's Ivrea pelt each other with oranges in an enactment of a centuries-old legend of tyranny and the fight for liberty. Sharon Reich reports.

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It's Italy's largest food fight - and apparently it's as painful as it looks. SOUNDBITE: Battle of the Oranges participant Luca Messori, saying (English): "They hurt! But clearly not enough since it's been twenty years that I've been taking part." Luca Messori is just one of hundreds of people who gather in the northern Italian city of Ivrea to enact the historic Battle of the Oranges. Revellers dress up in medieval costumes and hurl 500 tons of juicy fruit at one another. The celebration began as a way to mark the city's defiance against a 12th century tyrant. Since then, it has evolved into a contest where nine teams compete with fixed rules. While passions here are running high, for some like Flaminia Sacco keeping clear of the fruit whizzing by takes some getting used to. SOUNDBITE: Battle of the Oranges participant Flaminia Sacco saying (English): "It's our first time. I'm a bit scared to get hit in the head but it's fun." Orange you glad to be watching from a distance?

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A juicy Carnival celebration in Italy

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 01:06