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The original San Fermin in Spain is a mix of carnival, concert, and bacchanal, which fits hand in glove with Pensacola. San Fermin is best known for the event of the running of the bulls, where the bulls are let loose through some of the streets of the old part of the city. The fiesta is celebrated in honor of Saint Fermin, patron of Navarra, and both religion and partying elements live out the fiestas in good harmony.
Ernest Hemingway visited the Festival of San Fermín in Pamplona, Spain, where he became fascinated by bullfighting. During his third trip he traveled with a group of American and British expatriates.
Hemingway planned to write a non-fiction book about bullfighting but the experiences on the third trip presented him enough material for a novel. A few days after the 1925 fiesta ended he began to write the draft. By 17 August, with 14 chapters written and a working title, Hemingway returned to his residence in Paris. He finished the draft, wrote a foreword the following weekend and changed the title. The book narrates the events of a fictional tragic running of the bulls during San Fermin. The rest is history.
The partying of the San Fermin fiestas and the magic of running with bulls means several imitations have appeared around the world. The largest crowds are drawn to the one held in New Orleans. The celebration has a procession with an imitation of San Fermin and a "running of the bulls." It is that event which inspired this one.
SATURDAY MORNING ENCOERRO – Running of the Bulls - of the Fiesta de San Fermin en Pensacola.
The “bulls” are roller derby girls wearing horns armed with wiffleball bats.
Bulls hold a place of significance in human culture. They appear in cave paintings estimated to be up to 17,000 years old. The mythic Bull of the Heavens plays a role in the ancient Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh, dating as far back as 2150 BC. The bull is in the zodiac as Taurus, and appears in mythology, often associated with fertility. Symbolically, the bull appears commonly in heraldry, and, in modern times, as a mascot for both amateur and professional sports teams.
We value the strength and fearlessness of the bull, naturally, when we are in groups it is common to want to know who possesses the greatest of valued qualities. Thus, we will judge our bulls to be sufficiently strong before we send them out onto the course. Also, we shall, by crowd acclamation, choose the best set of horns in order to honor the best and most taurine – bull-like.
"VIVA PAMPLONA" SPIRIT AWARD
BEST BULL HORNS
BEST DRESSED BULLS
BEST KREWE PARTICIPATION
SPIRIT OF ANDRES DEPEZ AWARD
DAISY DUKE SPIRIT AWARD
RED BULL "GIVES YOU WINGS" AWARD MALE AND FEMALE
The rules of the run are simple, and we kindly ask they be followed for the safety of all participants.
Rule number one – You run this event at your own risk. We will have medical assistance available for trips and falls, but you know what you’re getting into in the first place.
Rule number two – You are not allowed to touch, push, kick or swing at the bulls. The bulls are allowed to strike you only with their bats.
Rule number three – while this is an event for all ages, we recommend that children under the age of ten years stay close to the curbs.
Rule number four – if you do lose your balance or fall to the pavement, stay down until someone comes up and taps you. The bulls have been instructed to not strike a fallen runner, but we don’t want you suddenly popping up in front of a bull.
Rule number five – we recommend all participants wear traditional attire so we - and the bulls - know the difference between participants and “innocent bystanders,” but we’ve learned there’s no such thing as an innocent bystander at this event.
The traditional attire for San Fermin consists of a white top, white pants or shorts, a red neckerchief and red sash or belt.