The battle of Oranges: An annual fruit fight

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A member of a rival team is hit by an orange during an annual carnival orange battle in the northern Italian town of Ivrea . (Stefano Rellandini / REUTERS)

A member of a rival team is hit by an orange during an annual carnival orange battle in the northern Italian town of Ivrea . (Stefano Rellandini / REUTERS)

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Established in 1808, the Carnival of Ivrea is one of the oldest and most particular festivals in the world. (Stefano Rellandini / REUTERS)

Established in 1808, the Carnival of Ivrea is one of the oldest and most particular festivals in the world. (Stefano Rellandini / REUTERS)

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The three-day carnival kicked off on Sunday and ends the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent in the Christian calendar. (Stefano Rellandini / REUTERS)

The three-day carnival kicked off on Sunday and ends the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent in the Christian calendar. (Stefano Rellandini / REUTERS)

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Huge crowds flock to the event annually. (Stefano Rellandini / REUTERS)

Huge crowds flock to the event annually. (Stefano Rellandini / REUTERS)

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The Battle of the Oranges is a festival in the Northern Italian city of Ivrea, which includes a tradition of throwing of oranges between organized groups. (Stefano Rellandini/ REUTERS)

The Battle of the Oranges is a festival in the Northern Italian city of Ivrea, which includes a tradition of throwing of oranges between organized groups. (Stefano Rellandini/ REUTERS)

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In 12th century miller’s daughter fought back against an evil baron when he came to her on the eve of her wedding to exercise his “jus primae noctis” - a reference to medieval lords having the supposed right to have sexual relations with subordinate women. (Stefano Rellandini/ REUTERS)

In 12th century miller’s daughter fought back against an evil baron when he came to her on the eve of her wedding to exercise his “jus primae noctis” - a reference to medieval lords having the supposed right to have sexual relations with subordinate women. (Stefano Rellandini/ REUTERS)

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Miller’s daughter,the bride cut off the baron’s head and paraded it all over town, sparking the uprising. (Stefano Rellandini/ REUTERS)

Miller’s daughter,the bride cut off the baron’s head and paraded it all over town, sparking the uprising. (Stefano Rellandini/ REUTERS)

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A member of rival team take oranges from the ground during an annual carnival orange battle in the northern Italian town of Ivrea . (Stefano Rellandini / REUTERS)

A member of rival team take oranges from the ground during an annual carnival orange battle in the northern Italian town of Ivrea . (Stefano Rellandini / REUTERS)

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Today, that revolt is recreated with townspeople in medieval attire battling teams of the tyrant’s guards in period dress, complete with protective helmets and masks. (Stefano Rellandini / REUTERS)

Today, that revolt is recreated with townspeople in medieval attire battling teams of the tyrant’s guards in period dress, complete with protective helmets and masks. (Stefano Rellandini / REUTERS)

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Crates of oranges are tightly stacked one over the other stand on the sidewalks, and some spectators take refuge to avoid being hit by wayward pulp. (Stefano Rellandini / REUTERS)

Crates of oranges are tightly stacked one over the other stand on the sidewalks, and some spectators take refuge to avoid being hit by wayward pulp. (Stefano Rellandini / REUTERS)

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Wearing a red floppy hat marks you as a spectator and safe from flying fruit. (Stefano Rellandini/ REUTERS)

Wearing a red floppy hat marks you as a spectator and safe from flying fruit. (Stefano Rellandini/ REUTERS)

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A member of a rival team is hit by an orange during an annual carnival orange battle . (Stefano Rellandini / REUTERS)

A member of a rival team is hit by an orange during an annual carnival orange battle . (Stefano Rellandini / REUTERS)

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