|No bull here: Playing in the stadium's sand.|
Today, Bogotá's Institute of Sports and Recreation (the IDRD) put on a cultural/artistic festival in the Plaza de Toros, which, if Mayor Petro has his way, will host no more toros. Certainly, the mimes, dancing, art and sandboxes provided a very different atmosphere from the mauling and killing of animals.
Still, bullfighting and other activities aren't mutually exclusive. In normal years, the bullfighting season lasts only a month and a half, and it's a real pity that the handsome plaza sits empty for most of the rest of the year.
|Mimes play tug-of-war.|
|An Afro-Colombian dance troupe did its thing.|
|No protesters today. A bored line of riot police outside.|
|Photographing a mime.|
|The sign denounces mistreatment of animals.|
|Writing notes on a wishing tree. Many of the messages called for an end to bullfighting.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours