Revellers pay entry fee for Spain's annual tomato fight
BUÑOL, Spain (AFP) - Some 20,000 revellers pelted each other with tonnes of squishy tomatoes in Spain's annual "Tomatina" food fight on Wednesday - but this year they had to pay to get sticky.
Drenched in red juice with seeds and pulp in their hair, semi-naked festival-goers hurled fistfuls of tomato gloop at one another and bathed in a deep layer of mush left in the street - 130 tonnes of tomatoes overall.
"I got pushed around, I got thrown around, I got tomatoes in my face in my eyes, everywhere. It was crazy," said Mr Teddy Leonard, 23, from Texas.
Defying sheets of rain and stormy skies, masses from around the world - led by Australians, Japanese and Britons - joined battle in the Plaza Mayor square of Buñol, eastern Spain.