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Gigantes Y Cabezudos

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It began the last Wednesday of August – the year was 1945. A huge crowd had already formed for the Gigantes Y Cabezudos event (roughly translated to “Giants and Big-Heads”), a Latin parade characterized by huge costumed figures. Amongst the crowd, was a group of young boys – their combined energy so ecstatic that it would eventually cause one parading participant to fall. Belluno | Little Italy He was furious. The poor vegetable stall stood no chance. A riot was ignited, and spread quickly like wildfire. People began pelting each other with tomatoes from the stall until law enforcement finally intervened. The following years, the tomato fight would be reenacted over and over again, until it became sort of a tradition. The event quickly gained popularity and in 1957, official rules and restrictions were established. In 1975, San Luis Bertrán, the patron…show more content…
Today, people from around the world travel to Buñol to participate in the adventure. The festivities roughly begin at 10:00 am, starting with the "palo jabón". The goal of this game is to climb a greased pole with a ham on top. As this happens, the crowd gets showered by water from hoses. Once someone successfully knocks the ham off the pole, the tomato fight truly begins. Trucks bring in over 100 metric tons of overripe tomatoes. For one hour, Buñol erupts in pure chaos. The result is a city painted in red. Sound like fun? If you’re looking for an adventure, why not join the approximately 30,000 people that travel to the tomato fight? The event will be celebrated with a weeklong festival featuring music, parades, and lots of dancing. Just make sure you come prepared by bringing comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty, as well as a fresh change of clothes to change into (goggles won’t be a bad idea either). I promise, you will have the adventure of your
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