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Spanish Tomatina festival: Participants pay 10 euros

The debt-hit Spanish town of Bunol - world-renowned for its tomato-throwing Tomatina festival - is to charge entry for the first time.

Each year thousands of tourists pack the town to take part in the hour-long tomato fight that leaves the streets running in red juice.

But the event will now be ticketed over concerns about the cost of the event and ballooning attendance.

Tourists will now have to pay a minimum of 10 euros ($13; £9) to take part.

That has led to fears that festivals around crisis-hit Spain could be "privatised".

  • 29 Aug 2013
  • From the section Europe