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Thousands revel in the thrills of Devizes confetti battle
Thousands of people enjoyed the traditional Devizes Carnival confetti battle last night.
The Market Place thronged with families and youngsters as they waited for the canons to fire bags of confetti into the air.
There were just under 2,000 bags of confetti and they were all bought and used within half an hour.
Carnival artistic director Dave Buxton said: “There were a lot of people in the Market Place, a very large crowd. It was a nice warm and dry evening and people were throwing confetti well into the dark.
"It’s becoming a popular event particular with younger people, there were a lot of teenagers and people in their 20s there.”
The confetti battle was followed by fireworks and Jennings Fair was there all evening.
The origins of confetti being thrown go back a century. Confetti is thrown at carnival processions in some European countries and confetti and flower petals were thrown at Devizes Carnival procession in 1913, the second year of the carnival.
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