Cascamorras festival kicks off in Spanish Granada

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Thousands of people covered themselves in oil as part of the annual Cascamorras festival in Baza and Guadix in Spanish Granada on Sunday. The origin of “La Fiesta del Cascamorras” can be traced back to 1490. According to an old legend, the towns had to fight for a statue of the Virgin de la Piedad, and Baza won the statue. A clown dressed in a costume usually makes his way from Guadix to Baza, aiming to take back the Virgin de la Piedad. Meanwhile, Baza residents try to stop him by throwing paint containing black oil and run him out of town.