In Tampa, the pigeon men flock to a beloved sport
June 14, 2020
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It begins on a driveway in Tampa, where 10 cages are scattered around. One by one, male pigeons are given a minute to strut around and puff out their chests, hoping to impress the lone female.
The birds' owners watch carefully, some live streaming the flirtation. They are all Cuban men from across the island.
Then Jose Pupo removes the female from the last cage.
"Hola mi gente, cojan sus palomas," he says. Pick up the birds.
The men carry their birds a few blocks down from Pupo's house, to an empty intersection. After a brief countdown, the animals take off, the males a...