Skooter reporting 10/09/12
In Spain, thousands of revealers crammed into an old bull ring to view as squads of hundreds of people built hard to believe human towers for the 24th Tarragona Castells Competition.
It is believed the Catalan tradition of building these towers dates back to the 18th century and is performed by dance groups using accurate skills. Castellers as the tower builders are called from the Catalan word for castle and each individual dance team is known as a Colla.
The annual competition composed of about 30 groups of Castellers assemble elaborate human towers put up by at least 400 individuals, though most stand at the base to support the top most human tiers.
Barefoot young adults or children wearing safety helmets, cautiously climb their way past the human tiers to form the crown of the towers.
About 7,000 locals and tourists watched the unbelievable two-day exhibition which was held at the Tarraco Arena Plaza, an old bull ring in Tarragona, southwest of Barcelona.
The popular October event held in the first weekend draws thousands of tourists and in 2010 it joined the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.