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Brace Yourself For Some Seriously Messy Pics Of La Tomatina Festival

31/08/2017 12:31 AM AEST | Updated 31/08/2017 12:31 AM AEST

Things got seriously messy at Spain’s annual La Tomatina festival on Wednesday ― just as organizers hoped.

Some 22,000 people pelted around 150 tons of ripe tomatoes at each other during the epic food fight on the streets of Buñol, near Valencia.

Many revellers were left completely covered in pulp as the hourlong faux battle, which reportedly has its origins in a brawl that broke out during a parade in 1945, came to an end at midday.

Watch the festival’s official livestream of the event above, and check out some of the best photographs from this year’s event below:

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    Revelers offload ripe tomatoes from a truck onto other participants below them at the annual La Tomatina festival in Buñol, Spain, on Wednesday.
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    The iconic fiesta is billed as "the world's biggest food fight."
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    The event gets real messy every year -- just the way organizers and participants like it.
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    Some 22,000 people from around the world took part in the 2017 festival.
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    The town is drenched in ripe tomatoes, with around 150 tons of the food favorite being thrown during the 2017 event.
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    Buckets are always a favorite tool during the tomato festival.
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    Many, like the two women pictured here, end up falling flat out on the ground during the food fight.
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    Some revelers are almost as squashed together as the tomatoes get.
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    Everyone walks away smiling from La Tomatina.
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    Participants take a well-earned breather.
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    It's all good clean fun -- kinda.
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    Revelers often struggle to stay on foot, due to the slippery conditions on the ground.
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    Many participants choose to wear goggles during the fiesta.
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    This woman looks to be in total bliss as she lays down on her back in the tomato pulp.
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    Sometimes the hits can be unexpected, as is the case with this woman, who takes a tomato to the face as she sits on a man's shoulders.
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    There's so much tomato pulp, you can become almost completely submerged in it.
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    The festival is now in its 72nd year.
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    Sometimes the best way to deal with the pulp is just to dive right in.
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    But sometimes it all gets just a bit too squishy.
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    Sometimes you really can have too much fun.
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