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Traditional New Year’s Eve Bullfight at Plaza Oriente

Matador Ignacio Garibay

By Henry Vermillion

After months of absence, bullfighting returns on December 31 at 4pm with the festive traditional New Year’s Eve corrida de toros in the Plaza Oriente on Recreo in downtown San Miguel.

Thu, Dec 31, 4pm
With matadors Rogelio Treviño and Ignacio Garibay
Plaza de Toros Oriente

The featured matadors are Rogelio Treviño and Ignacio Garibay, who will face off mano a mano. Treviño is a first rank Mexican torero who has fought often in the Plaza Mexico in Mexico City and who is making his reappearance in the ring after a long absence. Ignacio Garibay is well known to San Miguel aficionados; in his last appearance here he triumphed soundly, fighting six bulls by himself in an afternoon.

Added colorful attractions for the event are an equestrian show featuring six different breeds of horses, live music, and an extra bull for local bravos who will show off their skills in search of a prize for the winner. Tickets for the first three rows come with all-you-can-eat taurine paella, also at 150 pesos.

Bullfighting has a long and honorable tradition in San Miguel, going back to Ignacio Allende, the hero of the war of independence from Spain, who was himself a rejoneador—a bullfighter on horseback. At one time there were at least four bullrings in San Miguel, and at least one fight has been held within the last 10 years in the Jardín, using portable grandstands.

Tickets are available at Harry’s on Hidalgo, Melate on Codo, and at the bullring on the day of the fight.


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