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2014 Running of the Bulls
Headline: 14th-Century Spanish Festival Comes to Pensacola
(Via New Orleans)
Viva Festival de San Fermin!
For the 4th year, Seville Quarter is recreating the “Running of the Bulls” in historic downtown Pensacola. The tribute to Pensacola’s Spanish heritage will be staged on the third weekend of July at the popular entertainment complex. Pensacola’s 2012 Running of the Bulls was featured on the Travel Channel as part of their “Edge of America” series.
To kick off the festival Seville Quarter’s Executive Chef, Brandon Melton will be creating a Spanish Wine Dinner pairing food with wines selected by connoisseur, Bill Carlton. The dinner is on Thursday, July 17 in Apple Annie’s Courtyard. The cost is $60 per person and reservations will be limited to eighty guests.
Friday night, in conjunction with the downtown’s Gallery Night, the Chupinzao (opening celebration) will feature a procession honoring San Fermin, the Patron Saint of Pamplona, Spain with members of the Krewe of Andres de Pez. A local “Padre” will make the traditional opening remarks and local dignitaries will dedicate the weekend to St. Fermin.
The main event will be Saturday’s “Encierro” a safer reenactment of Pamplona’s Bull Run. This annual event, made famous by author Earnest Hemingway, has participants chased by angry horned bulls. The Seville Quarter encierro features the Pensacola Roller Gurlz as well as other ladies from roller-derby leagues as the “Bulls”. As the first firecracker is set off at 10:00 a.m. the runners will take to the approximately two mile course. At the second rocket the bulls will be released, wielding wiffle bats, to chase down the participants. As is customary in Pamplona runners are requested to wear all white with red kerchiefs or sashes.
Following the Running of the Bulls 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 (roller derby bulls), Best Senor, Best Senorita, Most outlandish costume and the Hornitos Spirit award.
There are a few simple rules for those attending the Festival de San Fermin”
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!
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 10th for $15.00. 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 10th for $15. Registered participants receive a St. Fermin commemorative t-shirt and a wristband for complimentary beer/soft drinks. Between July 11th and 18th the cost will be $20 and on the morning of the event the cost will be $25. The first 300 registered participants will receive a St. Fermin bandana. You can register for the 2014 Running of the Bulls in the Seville Quarter Wine Shoppe or on-line at runsignup.com Late registration and t-shirt pick-up will be on Friday, July 18th from 4:00 - 7:00 pm. Day of registration will be Saturday, July 19th from 7:00 - 8:00 am.
For more information visit the Seville Quarter website at www.sevillequarter.com or phone 850-434-6211.