Seville Quarter is recreating the Running of the Bulls for the 6th year in historic downtown Pensacola. This tribute to Pensacola’s Spanish heritage will be staged July 21-23 in the area surrounding the popular entertainment complex. This year, the Running of the Bulls will benefit the USO of Northwest Florida. USO centers provide a warm and comforting place where service members can connect to loved ones via Internet or phone, play video games, catch a movie, have a snack, or just put up their feet and relax. USO centers can be found locally at Pensacola International Airport, Ft. Walton Beach Destin Airport, and NAS Pensacola.
The event will officially begin Thursday with a Spanish Wine Dinner, pairing food with wines selected by connoisseur, Bill Carlton. The cost is $70 per person (gratuity not included) and reservations will be limited to 80 guests. Patrons are encouraged to don Spanish themed garb—the more festive, the better!
Friday night, in conjunction with Gallery Night, the Chupinzao (opening celebration) will feature a procession honoring San Fermin, the Patron Saint of Pamplona, with members of the Krewe of Andres de Pez. A local Padre will conduct the traditional opening ceremony as local dignitaries dedicate the weekend to St. Fermin.
The main event will be Saturday’s Encierro, a reenactment of Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls. This annual event, made famous by author Earnest Hemingway, enacts participants chased by angry horned bulls. The Seville Quarter Encierro features a meaner breed of bulls—the Pensacola Roller Gurlz and other ladies from roller-derby leagues. The first cannon will fire at 10:00 a.m., releasing the runners onto the approximately two mile course. At the second cannon, the bulls will be released wielding whiffle bats to chase down the runners. As is customary in Pamplona, runners should wear all white with red kerchiefs or sashes.
Following the Encierro, the festival will continue in the street in front of Seville Quarter with Latin themed entertainment, complimentary beverages to registered participants, and food for purchase. Prizes will be awarded to the Best Group Costumes, Best Horns, Best Señor, Best Señorita, Most Outlandish Costume, and the Viva Pamplona Spirit award.
There is no cost for spectators for the Friday night opening ceremony or Saturday’s Running of the Bulls. Runners or walkers may register prior to July 8 for $20. This will provide them with the St. Fermin Commemorative t-shirt as well as a wristband for complimentary beer and soft drinks. Between July 9 and 22 the cost will be $25, and on morning of the event the cost will be $30. The first 400 registered participants will receive a St. Fermin bandana.
There are also two special packages available. With the $40 Breakfast with the Bulls package, patrons will enjoy breakfast with the derby bulls plus the full run package listed above. The VIP Weekend package, priced at $125, includes the Wine Dinner; Friday VIP Balcony Happy House; the Saturday breakfast; and the run. Limited special packages available.
You can register for the 2016 Running of the Bulls in the Seville Quarter Wine Shop or you can click HERE to sign up! Late registration and shirt pick-up will be on Friday, July 22 from 4 to 8. Day of registration will be Saturday, July 23 from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. For additional information, phone (850) 434-6211.
There are only five rules for attending the Bull Run:
1. Run At Your Own Risk!
2. Do NOT Touch The Bulls.
3. If You Go Down, Stay Down.
4. Do NOT Stand Still.
5. Children Under Ten (or those that don’t want to be hit) Use The Sidewalk!