Spanish battle it out with flowers

Updated: May 02, 2011, 11:08 AM IST

Cordoba: The Spanish city of Cordoba staged its traditional `Battle of the Flowers` Sunday, with 8,000 "combatants" using 120,000 carnations as ammunition during the 40-minute engagement on Victoria avenue, one of the city`s main thoroughfares.

The May Day event featured 17 floats festooned with flowers, all part of an effort to help Cordoba`s bid to become the 2016 European Cultural Capital.

The event opened an entire month "full of cultural activities", giving Cordoba a boost in its campaign to be Europe`s cultural capital five years from now, Environment Minister Rosa Aguilar said.

The May Day celebration also included different bands that accompanied the floats.