Sunday, March 29, 2009
Have Ya'll Ever Head of The 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!