Bull-taunting in Huamantla

Anyone can try their hand at being a matador with the bulls, let loose in the streets

The town of Huamantla, located in the state of Tlaxcala south of Mexico City, celebrates the festival of the Virgin Mary each year. Local people create colourful designs on the ground using fresh cut flowers and sawdust to honor the day.

But it’s what comes after a solemn procession through the streets commemorating the festival that draws many of the 300,000 plus people to the town each year – a Mexican style running of the bulls.

Locals take their chances with around twenty bulls that are less loose in the town’s streets for a couple of hours, trying their hand at Spanish-style bullfighting, albeit with a rather amateur approach.

Some people start drinking early in the morning, and many of the audience and aspiring matadors were inebriated. Injuries and deaths are common – this year, one man died and there were 24 injuries.

This is just a taster of some of the footage we got – more to come after editing.

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2 Responses

  1. […] everybody was so cautious, but at least nobody lost their lives. Last year, there were 24 injuries and one death — Pimental saw the whole thing. The victim was an older man, and very drunk, she said. He […]

  2. […] everybody was so cautious, but at least nobody lost their lives. Last year, there were 24 injuries and one death — Pimental saw the whole thing. The victim was an older man, and very drunk, she said. He […]

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