Running of the bulls by - about 1 month ago
"the Dewey Beach Running of the Bull has an origin and this is it, more or less, supposedly, we think… Like many great ideas, the Dewey Beach Running of the Bull was largely the product of too much beer. While many of the traditions and pageantry that are now associated with the Running have haphazardly evolved over the years with the input of many people, the basic idea – to bring a bit of Pamplona’s Festival of San Fermin to Dewey Beach – was the brainchild of three guys very late one night at the Starboard in the spring of 1997. Michael McDonnell and Mike Howard had been to Spain for the Running of the Bulls (or the encierro, as it’s called in Pamplona) in the summer of 1994. In the spring of 1997, at the opening weekend of the Starboard, they were discussing with beach housemate Andrew Brady the idea of having a red wine and paella party that upcoming July, to celebrate the Festival of San Fermin. One stupid idea led to another, and by the end of the night it was decided that the party would not be complete without a Bull Running. With little chance of getting a real bull to the beach, they opted to rent a bull costume from Gene’s Costumes in Kensington, MD. The rest is history. In the first year, about thirty-five people (friends and housemates of Michael, Mike and Andrew) braved the Running of the Bull. Because of the public nature of that event, word spread quickly and by the second year about ninety people ran. In recent years, bull runners number in the hundreds. In 2004, the Starboard unveiled a new, improved Bull, designed specifically for the event. So basically we drank all day and got a ton of attention and appraisal for having the best shirts ! "