Like Oktoberfest at Deutsches Haus, the Angola Prison Rodeo takes place every weekend in October and even one bonus weekend in the spring. For 2009, the spring dates are April 18th and 19th.
If you haven’t been before, I definitely recommend it. It’s MAN vs. BEAST for these prisoners who have nothing to lose.
I don’t remember all of the events, but in one of them, four prisoners sit around a poker table while a wild bull goes absolutely fucking nuts. The last one still sitting at the table wins the prize(around$150 – which is like millions in prison).
Another event I recall is this one where another gigantic bull has a poker chip on string tied between his horns. The object is simple: be the prisoner that retrieves the poker chip. The reward: 150 bucks.
You can bet your boots that somebody’s going to the prison hospital.
That’s gotta hurt. Face down under an airborne bull.
This tiny bull is as mean as the day is long. He takes no prisoners(I’m hysterical!).
Here’s a trailer for a documentary about the Angola Prison Rodeo – it looks pretty cool. Check out how far the guy flies in the air during the poker event.
The rodeo is also an awesome place to pick up crafts, paintings of Tupac, or a belt buckle.
The only thing that really sucks about the rodeo is that no alcohol is available – it’s on prison grounds. Shucks! I kinda like drinking beer when I watch prisoners get maimed by wild animals. Anywho, the APR is still highly entertaining without booze.
While you’re in town, maybe you should checkout the nearby Secret Ancient Cypress Forest. It’s worth a few snapshots.
Expert tip: don’t get shanked in the neck – the prisoners will try to fuck the wound hole.