The city of Laza in northwest Spain celebrated its annual carnival on Monday, with revellers throwing flour and ants at one another. Masked 'Peliqueiros' were also seen running through the town with whips.

The 'Peliqueiros' attach several cowbells to their clothing as they run through the streets whipping those in their way, and tradition dictates that participants are not allowed to touch them.

Carnivals in the Galicia region as well as across Spain are centuries old traditions marking the arrival of spring and designed to have a bit of unusual fun while mocking authority.

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