Although the bull runs are the most representative part of Cuéllar’s Festival, for the full experience, you have to participate in the wheel dance. Men and women of all ages provide entertainment while waiting for the bulls with the traditional Baile de la Rueda, where dulzaina and drum music provide for fun. This Castilian folkloric display is reminiscent of love and work songs, with the notes of Habas Verdes, Agapito Marazuela, Cecilio de Benito and many other anonymous authors. This musical inheritance is performed with jotas, ruedas and seguidillas, while playing with the famous amaguillos, simulating the arrival of the Bull Run. The A POR ELLOS jota is particularly of note.
A POR ELLOS….A POR ELLOS…A POR ELLOS QUE SE VAN, UNOS ESTAN EN LA VEGA Y OTROS EN EL QUEMADAL, YA RESUENA LA DULZAINA YA RETUMBA EL TAMBORIL, YA ESTAN EN LOS ARENALES…..YA LES TENEMOS AQUI (GO GET THEM…GO GET THEM… GO GET THEM, THEY’RE LEAVING, SOME ON THE PLAIN AND OTHERS IN THE QUEMADAL, THE DULZAINA IS PLAYING, THE DRUM IS SOUNDING, THEY’RE AT THE ARENA…NOW THEY’RE HERE)
This dance begins at El Embudo, with a rosquilla (pastry) and spirit liqueur tasting, following the bull run’s entire city route. Residents and visitors all join, with high participation numbers.