Eligibility Criteria for Participation
Anyone from the ages of 5-95 can come and help in building these human pyramids. Defying gender bias, women also participate with full vigor and enthusiasm.
Structure of the Human Pyramid
The pyramid structure consists of two parts: The trunk (top layers of the pyramid) and the pineapple (supporting people on the ground). The pyramid is considered to be complete only when the smallest member called the 'enxaneta' reaches the top and raises his/her four fingers symbolizing the stripes of the Catalan flag.
Teams in the Human Pyramid Festival
The 50 best teams from around the country participate in the festival, and each team consist of approximately 500 members.
Falls and Injuries
As appealing as it may sound, the human pyramid can get really dangerous and lead to injuries; on the rare occasion, it has even proven fatal. Accidents have been rare though, and only two fatalities have been reported in the past 30 years.
The teams get five rounds to build their towers, and the final score is decided from the three best attempts. Also, just building the Castell is not enough, successful dispersion is also equally important for a team to win.
Record for the Highest Pyramid
In 2011, a Spanish Castell group named 'Castellers de Vilafranca', set a new world record of building the tallest human pyramid (10 stories) on a trip to participate in the Indian festival called 'Dahi Handi, which is quite similar to the Human Pyramid Festival of Tarragona.