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Sea of Red: Spanish Town Gets Drenched for La Tomatina

The streets of Bunol, Spain, were awash with red pulp as thousands of people pelted each other with tomatoes during the annual La Tomatina festival.

People take part in Spain's La Tomatina festival in Bunol on August 27, 2014. The streets of the eastern Spanish town were covered in red pulp as thousands of people pelted each other with tomatoes during the decades old tradition in an otherwise sedate small industrial town outside Valencia.

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A man lays in a puddle of squashed tomatoes. During the annual fiesta in Bunol on Wednesday, trucks dumped 125 tons of ripe tomatoes for some 22,000 participants. A stream of buses brought tourists from all over the world to the fiesta that is often chosen by thrill seekers who view it as more survivable and family friendly option than the traditional summer running of the bulls.

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Young people take part in the La Tomatina festival.

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Young men lay in a puddle of squashed tomatoes.

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A man is showered with tomatoes.

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People lay in a puddle of tomatoes.

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A resident peeks outside during the festival.

— David Wyllie contributed to this report.

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