The horses and mules as well as their
riders are ostentaciously dressed up in
elegant traditional clothing for each
afternoon´s fight.Each afternoon
at 5.30 they gather in front of the Town
Hall and make their way to the bullring.
This event is a kind of impromptu parade,
as they are lead by the local brass band
of the Town Hall up to the bullring.
or two is made along the way and the whole
thing tends to attract a crowd. The horse-riders
lead the entourage, dressed in typical
seventeenth-century black capes and hats.
Behind them come the mules with their
colourful head-bands and bells lead by
fourteen mule-drivers. These mules are
used to drag off the body of each bull
from the ring once they have been killed.
could be a nice warmup to the later events
inside the ring and it´s an excuse
to imbibe a few drinks as there are always
a couple of traditional "refreshment
stops" made at the Iruña bar
(Plaza del Castillo) and the Monasterio
bar (Espoz y Mina 11).