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The Battle of the Oranges takes place during the Historical Carnival held in Ivrea, a town located in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy. Every year citizens celebrate their freedom with the Battle of the Oranges, a celebration that involves thousands of people usually divided into nine combat teams called “Aranceri” (orange handlers), who throw tons of oranges against Aranceri riding in carts, representing the enemy allies . It is said that the Battle of the Oranges commemorates the city’s defiance against the city’s tyrant in the 12th or 13th century. The battle takes place in February, during the traditional carnival days of Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and ends on the night of “Fat Tuesday”.

More details regarding the Historical Carnival and Battle of the Oranges from Ivrea here.

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Pictures via Historical Carnival of Ivrea