Hemingway Days “Running Of The Bulls” Hits Streets Of Key West

KEY WEST (CBSMiami/Florida Keys News Bureau) – Dozens of white-bearded Ernest Hemingway look-alikes took part in the “Running of the Bulls” Saturday afternoon in Key West.

The event is a spoof on the Pamplona, Spain annual race and is part of the Hemingway Days festival.

The festival honors legendary American author Ernest Hemingway who lived and wrote on the island in the 1930s.

David Douglas, center, and other Ernest Hemingway look-alikes ride mock bulls during the Running of the Bulls Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Key West, Fla. The whimsical event, a parody of its namesake in Pamplona, Spain, is one of many events during Key West's Hemingway Days festival that continues through Sunday, July 20. Hemingway lived and wrote in Key West throughout most of the 1930s. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

David Douglas, center, and other Ernest Hemingway look-alikes ride mock bulls during the Running of the Bulls Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Key West, Fla. The whimsical event, a parody of its namesake in Pamplona, Spain, is one of many events during Key West’s Hemingway Days festival that continues through Sunday, July 20. Hemingway lived and wrote in Key West throughout most of the 1930s. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

The bull run featured past winners and competitors in the annual “Papa” Hemingway Look-Alike Contest with life-size replica bulls on wheels.

Ernest Hemingway look-alikes turn in front of Sloppy Joe's Bar during the Running of the Bulls Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Key West, Fla. The whimsical event, a parody of its namesake in Pamplona, Spain, is one of many events during Key West's Hemingway Days festival that continues through Sunday, July 20. Hemingway lived and wrote in Key West throughout most of the 1930s. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Ernest Hemingway look-alikes turn in front of Sloppy Joe’s Bar during the Running of the Bulls Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Key West, Fla. The whimsical event, a parody of its namesake in Pamplona, Spain, is one of many events during Key West’s Hemingway Days festival that continues through Sunday, July 20. Hemingway lived and wrote in Key West throughout most of the 1930s. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

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 finalists from the 131 entrants into the event will vie for the title of “Papa” at Sloppy Joe’s Bar.

Ernest Hemingway look-alikes turn in front of Sloppy Joe's Bar during the Running of the Bulls Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Key West, Fla. The whimsical event, a parody of its namesake in Pamplona, Spain, is one of many events during Key West's Hemingway Days festival that continues through Sunday, July 20. Hemingway lived and wrote in Key West throughout most of the 1930s. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Ernest Hemingway look-alikes turn in front of Sloppy Joe’s Bar during the Running of the Bulls Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Key West, Fla. The whimsical event, a parody of its namesake in Pamplona, Spain, is one of many events during Key West’s Hemingway Days festival that continues through Sunday, July 20. Hemingway lived and wrote in Key West throughout most of the 1930s. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

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.

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The Florida Keys News Bureau contributed to this report.

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