Toros del Seibo
18 images Created 7 Jun 2017
Every year by May 3rd, La Santa Cruz del Seibo founded in 1512, celebrates its festivities with bullfight. The tradition was brought by the Spaniards and was celebrated in one of their Dominican Monasteries in the region, until it became an official activity every year in this agricultural and cattle raising based city, to the east of the Dominican Republic. The corridas used to be very popular in the past. Many tourists and even professional bullfighters used to attend, but attracting them has become rare in the last years. Contrary to some other countries like Mexico, Colombia or Spain, the bull is not killed during the fight, bullfighters just practice with the animal until he gets tired. By then, he is guided back to his fold and a new bull enters the arena. These corridas are a unique event in the Caribbean area. Before they fight, a cowboy parade starts in the main streets of the city, including local politicians, farm owners, businessmen, police, and the people El Seibo.