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Italy's Battle of the Oranges might get you bruised

Updated: February 18, 2012, 11:02 AM ET
By Dave Seminara

New Orleans might have beads and exposed flesh, but Italy has oranges and black eyes.

Sunday is the start of the Battle of the Oranges, a three-days-long food fight in Ivrea, a small city near Turin, which hosted the 2006 Winter Olympics. Just like Mardi Gras, the Battle of the Oranges is a wild pre-Lent carnival that culminates on Fat Tuesday. But while beads are the prize in New Orleans, in Ivrea, the reward for a battle well fought is a black eye.

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