Years ago, when travelling through Spain as a student, I did the Running with the Bulls in Pamplona. What a ‘celebration’ – cram thousands and thousands of drunk people into narrow streets and release bulls…. and run! I will admit that it was an incredible rush to see the bulls charting toward you, knowing that if you’re too slow they’ll get you and if you stumble you’ll likely be trampled. But nuts.
Apparently the Spanish have another one I didn’t know about but read of this morning. Similar concept, but the street is even more crowded and the animals are huge horses walking on their hind legs. The idea… cram as many people into the streets as possible with a goal of brushing each horses chest for luck. Its the San Juan festival of Ciutadello being held this weekend in the island of Minorcca in Spain. The horses are massive (and balanced for hours on their hind legs and the people are all right underneath them. Smart.
Spain should take a note from Canada. Next weekend, in a very Canadian way, we will gather peacefully at our Parliament Hill, listens to music from some pretty awesome Canadian artists, listen to a couple speeches (our sexy Prime Minster will be there) and have some fireworks at midnight… boring but no one will get crushed, mauled or trampled.