Zona Centro, La Palmita, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico
The Finery of the BullfightWhile watching a bull meet its grisly end is not everyone's idea of a pleasant afternoon, the costumes and fanfare accompanying a bullfight are worth the price of the ticket. This bullfight in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, MX featured a column of young men dressed as matadors who taunted the bull till it charged, slamming the first young man back into his colleagues who absorbed the blow. In a classic macho fashion, the front guy, only marginally wounded, was met with a standing ovation for his bravery. A woman in a silky red dress danced with a marvelously well trained horse. A parade featured the Queen and her entourage in their finery followed by the exquisitely adorned matadors, all accepting roses tossed from the stands. After the bullfight was cancelled due to rain, the ring was opened to the spectators to "play" with a young bull. One man, so drunk he could barely stand, taunted the bull, but then made the mistake of turning his back. The bull charged, a horn passed on each side of the man's waist and the bull tossed him into the air. Stunned, but unhurt, he too came out to bow to the audience who threw full cans of beer at his feet. You never know what will happen in a live sporting event. The consequences in a bullfight can be as rough on the humans as the bull.