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The Great Bull Run and Tomato Royale

Bring out your red capes and running shoes Ð running with the bulls is coming to the West Coast.

The famous Running of the Bulls is practiced in villages across Spain, Portugal, and some parts of Mexico, but it is most well-known in Pamplona, Spain, in celebration of Sanfermines, an eight-day festival honoring Saint Fermin. Over a million people flock to Pamplona for this annual party. July 7-14, at eight in the morning, hundreds of people line up to race in front of a dozen or so bulls in the tiny streets of the city. Though only a three minute run from start to finish, hundreds of people are injured during Sanfermines every year, and fifteen people have died since 1925, when record keeping became official.

La Tomatina is another annual Spanish tradition in the small town of Bu–ol, Valencia. On the last Wednesday of August, thousands of people flock to Bu–ol to throw tomatoes at each other Ð for fun. The origins of La Tomatina are not fully clear, but theories range from a food fight between unruly kids, a prank on a bad musician, or disgruntled residents letting off steam at city councilmen. Whatever the reason, people have been celebrating La Tomatina since 1944 or 1945.


Circus Vargas presents Magikaria Extreme!

Get ready for the ultimate entertainment extravaganza for all ages! Circus Vargas presents Magikaria Extreme, a two-hour spectacular, where magic begins and nail-biting, heart-pounding, death-defying action takes place. Its awe-inspiring, edge-of-your-seat excitement will all happen under the big top, where imagination comes to life and the world is full of possibility and wonder.

This is the culmination of a tremendous amount of hard work, states Nelson Quiroga, producer of Circus Vargas. There will be more magic and more excitement than you can imagine! We cant spill all the secrets or give away all the details, but we can tell you that this show will be a masterpiece of extreme entertainment! In 2005 Quiroga and his wife, Katya, formed Tabares Entertainment, Inc.; together with their family, the couple embarked on a new business venture in 2006 by presenting Circus Vargas.

Holy Ghost Festival honors heritage and faith

Each year Portuguese heritage and faith is celebrated with events that honor faith in the Holy Spirit, the compassion of St. Isabel, and the miracle of the roses.

St. Isabel was the sixth queen of Portugal and had a heart for the poor and starving people of her country. She prayed to God for help, and according to legend, one day her less compassionate husband caught her on her way to deliver bread to the needy. When asked what was hidden in her mantel she replied roses, though it was winter and roses did not grow at that time of year. When she revealed what she was carrying, the bread had turned into roses.

The following day, two ships appeared carrying grain and animals. St. Isabel commanded these provisions be prepared to feed the poor, and the tradition of the Holy Ghost Festival began.

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