Ivrea Orange Battle Carnival

Ivrea is a small town, about 40 minutes north of Turin, Italy. It isn’t a very animated settlement, but once a year, during the Orange Battle Carnival, Ivrea comes to life. the battle is an allegoric representation of the medieval insurrection of 1194, against the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick of Swabia. Masked, armored men throw oranges at the crowd who in turn throw them back at them, until the streets are covered by a carpet of squashed oranges that is sometimes even 30 cm thick…

As much fun as I’m sure this carnival is I have to wonder if those oranges, like the bananas in the banana wall, would have been more appreciated by some starving children in a third world country. But hey, that’s just me…














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  • micAh! Posted on February 23, 2008

    what a complete waste of food! plenty of starving people in the world would enjoy a good orange! on the lighter side that shit has to burn ya eys and getting pelted must hurt..

  • Raine Posted on March 19, 2008

    Now that would be theraputic!

  • Silvia Posted on November 7, 2009

    The food is not wasted, as it is surplus that was going to waste anyway, and it is personally BOUGHT by the participants. Please get your facts straight before publishing this nonsense. THANK YOU

  • michela Posted on March 13, 2011

    It is not a waste of food, it is a traditional event and has a historical base. Read something about it before commenting on stuff you don’t know.