Revellers battle with tomato pulp during the annual 'Tomatina' (tomato fight) festival in Bunol near Valencia.
Revellers battle with tomato pulp during the annual 'Tomatina' (tomato fight) festival in Bunol near Valencia.
Revellers on a truck throw tomatos into the crowd during the annual 'Tomatina' (tomato fight) festival in Bunol near Valencia.
Revellers on a truck throw tomatos into the crowd during the annual 'Tomatina' (tomato fight) festival in Bunol near Valencia.
A reveller is covered with tomato pulp during the annual 'Tomatina' (tomato fight) festival in Bunol near Valencia.
A reveller is covered with tomato pulp during the annual 'Tomatina' (tomato fight) festival in Bunol near Valencia.
A reveller lies in tomato pulp during the annual Tomatina festival in Bunol near Valencia, Spain.
A reveller lies in tomato pulp during the annual Tomatina festival in Bunol near Valencia, Spain.
Revellers battle with tomato pulp during the annual 'Tomatina' (tomato fight) festival in Bunol near Valencia.
Revellers battle with tomato pulp during the annual 'Tomatina' (tomato fight) festival in Bunol near Valencia.
Revellers on a truck throw tomatos into the crowd during the annual 'Tomatina' (tomato fight) festival in Bunol near Valencia.
Revellers on a truck throw tomatos into the crowd during the annual 'Tomatina' (tomato fight) festival in Bunol near Valencia.

Bunol, Spain - Thousands of revellers threw about 150 000 kilograms of tomatoes at each other for the annual “Tomatina” food fight in the eastern Spanish town of Bunol, splattering themselves with red pulp.

About 20 000 people - Spaniards and tourists - took part in the event, during which local residents living nearby protected their houses from the mess by covering them with plastic sheets.

“It was a pretty intense experience...it was out of control,” one participant who gave his name as Alex said. “It's my first time...and it was good, I will come back.”

The “Tomatina” fight is said to draw its origins from a spontaneous food fight among locals in 1945.