The sport of kings…

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…once a year the sleepy fishing town of Ferrel opens its gates to the world for a week of festivities culminating in the world famous event known simply as the ‘donkey parade’.

An ancient tradition that used to see the ‘parade’ run from one end of the town to the other pitting the wits and courage of all local donkey owners. These days the donkeys are scarce (and somewhat aged) so the course has been simplified and so have the goals…

It’s basically a race – man against man. Donkey against donkey. Only a true sportsman with an honest connection with his steed can be victorious. Unfortunately nobody seems to know the rules so the unruly teams run a random number of laps around the local church until the beer runs out and everybody gets bored and goes home…

I didn’t surf today.

8 Replies to “The sport of kings…”

  1. Ms Fae – it truly was a sight to behold. For several minutes anyway…

    DP – I know 🙂
    Do you want to hold my trophy (again)…?

  2. like the new look – i want a pretty profile picture type thing like 70s…tell me great cyberlord how do i get one? xx

  3. The Donkey Race has been a tradition in Ferrel during the Festa Da Nossa Senhore Da Guia (patriot saint) the Festival starts August 5th for a minimum of 5 to 7 days, depending which day of the week the 5th falls.

    In the past there was this older lady that would dress up the donkey including makeup and a number of donkies raced around the church after so many laps a winner is announce, based how decorative the donkey was, sportsmanship etc. The 1st place winner would get a pig, 2nd a bag animal feed, 3rd place hay. Nowadays, the town doesn’t have to many donkies, so they actually rent them for the day. The contest is open to outsiders and the locals. It attract people from all over. This year 2010 my godson won the race, nowaday the prizes have changed they award Euros and thropies.

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