La Petatera de Villa de Álvarez is ready!
Published by Edgardo Zamora | El Occidental on February 5, 2023
La Petatera Bullring in Villa de Álvarez, Colima, is finally ready after six months of construction. This unique bullring is built with sticks, rope, and petates and is considered an artistic monument of the nation and part of Mexico’s intangible cultural heritage. The bullring is now ready to host its 166th Charrotaurine Celebrations.
The construction of La Petatera began last December and was completed in time for the Charrotaurine Celebrations. The Municipal President of Villa de Álvarez, Esther Gutiérrez Andrade, was delivered the completed bullring and thanked the builders and tabladeros for their hard work. On Sunday, there will be a mass in honor of San Felipe de Jesús, the patron saint of the Patron Saint Festivals, officiated by priest José de Jesús Ramos Hueso.
This year, La Petatera Bullring will host some big concerts by Christian Nodal, Julión Álvarez, Luis R. Conríquez, and Pancho Barraza. In addition to the concerts, there will be bullfighting events as well. Andrés Roca Rey, considered the best bullfighter in the world, will alternate with José Mauricio and Diego San Román to fight six bulls from San Pablo. On another night, Diego Ventura will be presented as the rejoneo figure, and Leo Valadez and Arturo Gilio will fight on foot with 2 Marrón bulls and 4 Boquilla del Carmen bulls.
La Petatera Bullring has a capacity of over 5,000 people and is 5,000 square meters in size. This magnificent structure has been built every year since 1857 and remains standing during religious and pagan festivals in honor of San Felipe de Jesús. It also hosts its traditional bullfight and is a cultural treasure for the people of Mexico.
In conclusion, La Petatera Bullring is ready to host its 166th Charrotaurine Celebrations, with concerts and bullfighting events. The bullring is an artistic monument of the nation and part of Mexico’s intangible cultural heritage, and its construction is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the builders and tabladeros. So, come and enjoy the festivities, the mass, and the cultural events at La Petatera Bullring in Villa de Álvarez, Colima.
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