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Prepare for War (with Flowers)

It will be war, but not as you know it, when hundreds of thousands of orange and yellow flowers are used as ammunition, tomorrow evening, in the annual Battle of the Flowers.

Beautifully designed and wonderfully decorated floats will pass along the Paseo de la Alameda avenue in the city centre, as onlookers launch flowers at their occupants.

Those on the floats attempt to defend themselves with tennis rackets and other improvised shields, whilst firing back with more brightly coloured blossoms.

The special variety of marigold flowers are grown in fields around the city just for the celebration and the floats are designed and decorated in the famous Valencian style of Las Fallas, with incredible sculptures and passengers in colourful traditional costumes.

The event celebrates the end of the Great Valencia Fair for another year and is free for anyone to see (apart from some seating areas that must be reserved and paid for). If you've ever wondered what a storm of marigolds looks like, get yourself down to the Paseo de Alameda tomorrow, 29 July 2018, at 8pm.

If this battle doesn't seem messy enough, why not go to the Tomatina tomato fight on 29 August 2018 instead?

Photos © Copyright Junta Central Fallera.