HOW MANY PEOPLE DID THE CRUZ ROJA•RED CROSS TREAT THAT SUSTAINED INJURIES RELATED TO BULLS (either informal bull fighting - "toreros improvisados" or bull riders): 257 (between Christmas Day and Sunday, January 6, 2013).
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Ring = Rondel
REQUIREMENTS TO GET IN THE RING:
The operators of the rondel at the Zapote fairground charges admission for spectators to watch the antics with the bulls. Some of the toreros improvidados dress in elaborate costumes. One Christmas day had on a Batman costume. Some wear capes as a way of distracting the bull.
The rondel also hosts traditional bull riding in which participants try to stay on the animal, which is trained to cast them off.
And at Zapote the same day the Fiestas de San José 2012-2013 will be in full swing. This is the big carnival with the unique version of Costa Rica bullfighting in the rondel there and on television nationally and internationally.
They have amusement park rides, typical food, bars, concerts•entertainment, fireworks and the bullfights.
It kicks off the annual fair season that includes Palmares in January and Puntarenas in February among others.
NOTE: It seems like just about every year the organizers go through this threatening song and dance with the Ministerio de Salud (ahhhh - life in Costa Rica!! It's things like this that get Costa Rica sinking going LOWER and LOWER in WORLD rankings of countries that are easy to do business in!!!)
Hundreds of Costa Ricans, male and female, crowd into the ring to challenge a fighting bull. Some make hasty airborne exits. Spectators pay to see their favorite participants trampled or worse.
The commission running the Zapote festival already has auctioned off 58 booths for food merchants, beer vendors operators of carnival rides and even providers of pay toilets.
I will also be ILLEGAL to smoke there as of this year!!!
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Habrá un total de 26 corridas de toros en Zapote que serán transmitidas por televisión gracias a Teletica y Repretel. Esos canales se alternarán las transmisiones. Repretel inaugurará la transmisión el 25 de diciembre a las 3:00 pm.
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Los adjudicatorios del redondel de toros de Zapote dieron a conocer que las entradas para ver en vivo los toros en las Fiestas de Zapote 2012-2013 tienen un valor que va desde los 8000 a los 15 mil colones. Las entradas para palcos valen 25 000 colones en el turno de la tarde y 30 000 colones para la corrida de toros de la noche.
The adjudicatory the ring of bulls Zapote disclosed that tickets for live bulls in the Fiestas de Zapote 2012-2013 have a value ranging from 8,000 to 15,000 colones. Tickets for 25,000 colones worth boxes in the afternoon shift and 30,000 colones to the bullfight of the night.
There will be a total of 26 bullfights in Zapote to be televised by Teletica and Repretel. These channels will alternate transmissions. Transmission Repretel open on December 25 at 3:00 pm.
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WHAT IS "BULL FIGHTING" LIKE IN COSTA RICA?
"Bull Fighting" Costa Rica-style is SOOOOO DIFFERENT than most places in the world! It's SOOOO NOT the violent bloody standard Spanish of bullfighting where the matador wins by stabbing/killing the bull (HORRIFIC if you ask me)!!!
In Costa Rica - the Bull does NOT get harmed - let alone die!! People on the other hand - well, that can be a VERY different story!!!
Basically - how it works is a BUNCH of "Toreros Improvidados" or amateur bull fighters (aka often drunken FOOLS - sometimes 100 at a time!!!) PAY MONEY•$$•¢¢ to get into a ring (rondel where the bull riding and bull baiting events are held) - running around/away from the bull and antagonizing him - trying to distract him from what he is focused on.
The lucky first row people smack•swat the bull on his tush•backside•butt. Luckily the bull has a short attention span so even if he's coming towards you - normally some other tormentor is happy to throw his (usually guys) - possibly drunken body IN harms way!!
SOMETIME a bull gets MAD and zeros in on someone that's been antagonizing him and the bull goes after the human and runs him down
Don't worry - the Cruz Roja (Red Cross) is there to help fix you or take you to the hospital if something happens! (FYI - as of January 3, 2013 the Cruz Roja reported 661 injuries at Zapote - mainly from these fools!!)
There are NO sticks that go into the bull - it's just people running around (often laughing the whole time [not much serious about this activity]) trying to avoid getting trampled/gorged by the bull!!
Normally I think this is SOOOOO CRUEL as I'm not for antagonizing anyone/thing - BUT - when I see a video like this one - I can't help but get some pleasure out of it!!!
Bull Riding - youtube.com/watch?v=qc2BVAvu7pA
So unlike throughout much of the rest of the world where the people inflict damage to the bull - in Costa Rica it's the other way around - the BULL inflicts damage onto the fools in the ring sometimes - though it sounds like death is rare here (though here's an example of one fool that DID die - http://youtu.be/7G-Wzw9H2To ) - BUT - just in case - the Cruz Roja•Red Cross is ALWAYS on hand!!!
Hence Costa Rican Bull "Fighting" is really more like "Bull Baiting".
The Zapote Fair sets off the season for MANY other similar fairs around Costa Rica (with similar Bull Fighting events) including Palmares, San Ramon and Puntarenas.
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