Sunday, March 29, 2009

Have Ya'll Ever Head of The Angola Prison Rodeo?


ANGOLA PRISON RODEO


We were invited to an Earth Hour Party last night in our neighborhood, and for those of you that don't know everyone in the city of Nashville was to turn off all their lights at 8:30 pm for an hour to make a statement about being more aware of energy use.. etc.
Anyway it was a lovely party where I met lots of interesting people, and learned about this Angola Prison Rodeo from Justin. It's a crazy thing the New Orleans Prison does which combines a rodeo and Arts & crafts festival. It happens twice a year in April and October and basically they tape a poker chip the head of a massive bull and all the prisoners that want to can try and remove the chip from the bulls head ( for money if they are successful). Huge crowds show up to watch this, which totally reminds me of ancient roman times where they had arenas of similar gore. I can't even believe it's legal.... also .. how do they make sure no prisoners get loose? ha
The intriguing part for me is they also allow the prisoners to sell their artwork and crafts for real cheap. I can only imagine what its like....
and right after I wrote this post, I was reading Southern Living, which I NEVER read... and there was a whole write up in there on this Angola Rodeo... How crazy is that timing? .... and also maybe I have underestimated the value of Southern Living Mag!

4 comments:

Justin Norton said...

O YAH! this is one of the most interesting & almost insane outings that I found when I was living in NOLA, the Poker Chip is the last event, where the inmates try to take a poker chip off the face/center of a LARGE bull's forehead & you can only imagine how many get bucked straight up! The inmates are sitting & watching all the BIGFun right along side you. Then, to add to this chaos, you can negotiate with inmates as they look through a razor wire chain link fence on anything from paintings to furniture. There were always some really nice work…If you ever get a chance, I suggest you do what the California Raisins preached… Check’em Out!

Courtney said...

Girl have I not told you about that?? I didn't get to go because of work, but my friends went every year. It's supposedly a tad creepy to buy through the razor fence, but my friend got a purse. It's wild!

grizaham said...

Thats very interesting......

What I Know said...

There is a video documentary on this as well, which I saw somewhere along the way, and cannot recall where or when...but that is also where cowboy poker began. Inmates sit at a poker table and a bull is let loose. The last one sitting at the table wins. Geniuses! I've never been but have friends who have, and they agree with the other commenters on here...it's crazy and nothing like anything you have ever done. I might want to go this year...

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