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Cipotegato held in Spain

One of Spain's liveliest annual traditions has taken place in the town of Tarazona. Despite only dating back to 1998 in its current form, Cipotegato has its roots in the history of the region, when a local prisoner - his identity hidden by a mask - was given an opportunity to win his freedom by trying to escape town with only a stick to defend himself as crowds attempted to stop him. Today, there is a more light-hearted feel with water and tomatoes being thrown at the masked Cipotegato, who must run a rout known only to himself before climbing a monument and tying a scarf around it.

Cipotegato held in Spain
People throw tomatoes to the Cipotegato on August 27, 2013 in Tarazona, Spain. Every year thousands of people gather in the main square of Tarazona waiting for 'The Cipotegato' to throw tomatoes at him. The Cipotegato is a hooded character, dressed as a harlequin with a yellow, green and red costume. The Cipotegato is elected annually, and his identity revealed after the festival. He must run through the streets of Tarazona on a route known only to him, ending in the Plaza de Espana square, armed with a short wooden stick for defending himself. Upon arrival in the Square he must then scale a monument and tie a scarf around it, signaling the start of the main festivities of Tarazona. The roots of this event derive from the early recorded tradition in the middle of the XVIII century of giving a prisoner from the local prison the chance to escape to freedom. (Getty Images)
Cipotegato held in Spain
People throw tomatoes to the Cipotegato on August 27, 2013 in Tarazona, Spain. Every year thousands of people gather in the main square of Tarazona waiting for 'The Cipotegato' to throw tomatoes at him. The Cipotegato is a hooded character, dressed as a harlequin with a yellow, green and red costume. The Cipotegato is elected annually, and his identity revealed after the festival. He must run through the streets of Tarazona on a route known only to him, ending in the Plaza de Espana square, armed with a short wooden stick for defending himself. Upon arrival in the Square he must then scale a monument and tie a scarf around it, signaling the start of the main festivities of Tarazona. The roots of this event derive from the early recorded tradition in the middle of the XVIII century of giving a prisoner from the local prison the chance to escape to freedom. (Getty Images)
Cipotegato held in Spain
Revelers are sprayed with water thrown from balconies after the CIpotegato run through the streets on August 27, 2013 in Tarazona, Spain. Every year thousands of people gather in the main square of Tarazona waiting for 'The Cipotegato' to throw tomatoes at him. The Cipotegato is a hooded character, dressed as a harlequin with a yellow, green and red costume. The Cipotegato is elected annually, and his identity revealed after the festival. He must run through the streets of Tarazona on a route known only to him, ending in the Plaza de Espana square, armed with a short wooden stick for defending himself. Upon arrival in the Square he must then scale a monument and tie a scarf around it, signaling the start of the main festivities of Tarazona. The roots of this event derive from the early recorded tradition in the middle of the XVIII century of giving a prisoner from the local prison the chance to escape to freedom. (Getty Images)
Cipotegato held in Spain
Revelers celebrate after the Cipotegato run through the streets on August 27, 2013 in Tarazona, Spain. Every year thousands of people gather in the main square of Tarazona waiting for 'The Cipotegato' to throw tomatoes at him. The Cipotegato is a hooded character, dressed as a harlequin with a yellow, green and red costume. The Cipotegato is elected annually, and his identity revealed after the festival. He must run through the streets of Tarazona on a route known only to him, ending in the Plaza de Espana square, armed with a short wooden stick for defending himself. Upon arrival in the Square he must then scale a monument and tie a scarf around it, signaling the start of the main festivities of Tarazona. The roots of this event derive from the early recorded tradition in the middle of the XVIII century of giving a prisoner from the local prison the chance to escape to freedom. (Getty Images)
Cipotegato held in Spain
Revelers celebrate after the Cipotegato run through the streets on August 27, 2013 in Tarazona, Spain. Every year thousands of people gather in the main square of Tarazona waiting for 'The Cipotegato' to throw tomatoes at him. The Cipotegato is a hooded character, dressed as a harlequin with a yellow, green and red costume. The Cipotegato is elected annually, and his identity revealed after the festival. He must run through the streets of Tarazona on a route known only to him, ending in the Plaza de Espana square, armed with a short wooden stick for defending himself. Upon arrival in the Square he must then scale a monument and tie a scarf around it, signaling the start of the main festivities of Tarazona. The roots of this event derive from the early recorded tradition in the middle of the XVIII century of giving a prisoner from the local prison the chance to escape to freedom. (Getty Images)
Cipotegato held in Spain
The Cipotegato knowledge the crow after running through the streets on August 27, 2013 in Tarazona, Spain. Every year thousands of people gather in the main square of Tarazona waiting for 'The Cipotegato' to throw tomatoes at him. The Cipotegato is a hooded character, dressed as a harlequin with a yellow, green and red costume. The Cipotegato is elected annually, and his identity revealed after the festival. He must run through the streets of Tarazona on a route known only to him, ending in the Plaza de Espana square, armed with a short wooden stick for defending himself. Upon arrival in the Square he must then scale a monument and tie a scarf around it, signaling the start of the main festivities of Tarazona. The roots of this event derive from the early recorded tradition in the middle of the XVIII century of giving a prisoner from the local prison the chance to escape to freedom. (Getty Images)
Cipotegato held in Spain
The Cipotegato is carried into the City Hall after running through the streets on August 27, 2013 in Tarazona, Spain. Every year thousands of people gather in the main square of Tarazona waiting for 'The Cipotegato' to throw tomatoes at him. The Cipotegato is a hooded character, dressed as a harlequin with a yellow, green and red costume. The Cipotegato is elected annually, and his identity revealed after the festival. He must run through the streets of Tarazona on a route known only to him, ending in the Plaza de Espana square, armed with a short wooden stick for defending himself. Upon arrival in the Square he must then scale a monument and tie a scarf around it, signaling the start of the main festivities of Tarazona. The roots of this event derive from the early recorded tradition in the middle of the XVIII century of giving a prisoner from the local prison the chance to escape to freedom. (Getty Images)
Cipotegato held in Spain
A man looks out from his balcony covered by plastic before the Cipotegato leaves the City Hall on August 27, 2013 in Tarazona, Spain. Every year thousands of people gather in the main square of Tarazona waiting for 'The Cipotegato' to throw tomatoes at him. The Cipotegato is a hooded character, dressed as a harlequin with a yellow, green and red costume. The Cipotegato is elected annually, and his identity revealed after the festival. He must run through the streets of Tarazona on a route known only to him, ending in the Plaza de Espana square, armed with a short wooden stick for defending himself. Upon arrival in the Square he must then scale a monument and tie a scarf around it, signaling the start of the main festivities of Tarazona. The roots of this event derive from the early recorded tradition in the middle of the XVIII century of giving a prisoner from the local prison the chance to escape to freedom. (Getty Images)