The Equirria (February 27) was a festival of horse racing instituted by Romulus to honor Mars. It was held on the Trigarium on the west side of the Campus Martius. The second Equirria (March 14) followed quickly. Like the first, it was linked with preparations for the campaigning season. It has been suggested that it originally fell on the Ides and was put back a day in order not to clash with other festivals, but this is improbable.

They're Off Again!

Second Equirria
Follows the first in a
Matter of days;
Why there were two is a
Question whose answer is
Bound not to faze.

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