By Florida Keys News Bureau, July 20, 2014 – KEY WEST, Fla. — Stocky, white-bearded Ernest Hemingway look-alikes proved that their affinity for the author is “no bull” during Saturday afternoon’s “Running of the Bulls,” a wacky (and much safer) take-off on the annual run held in Pamplona, Spain.
The event was a highlight of Key West’s Hemingway Days festival, honoring the legendary American author who lived and wrote on the island during the 1930s.
The bull run featured scores of past winners and competitors in the annual “Papa” Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, parading through Key West’s historic downtown with life-size replica bulls on wheels.
The offbeat event was headquartered outside Sloppy Joe’s Bar, frequented by Hemingway during his decade-long residence in Key West, with a route proceeding along part of the island’s famed Duval Street.
The look-alikes followed the Pamplona parody with a pre-birthday cake and celebration saluting the upcoming anniversary of Hemingway’s July 21 birth.
Saturday night, finalists chosen from 131 entrants will vie for the title of “Papa” in the final round of Sloppy Joe’s annual “Papa” Hemingway Look-Alike Contest.
Other Hemingway Days events include literary readings, a marlin tournament and a short story competition directed by author and Hemingway granddaughter Lorian Hemingway. The festival concludes Sunday.