Event Preview: San Fermín in Nueva Orleans (July 8-10, 2016)

14:52 July 05, 2016
By: Anna Young

Event Preview: San Fermín in Nueva Orleans (July 8-10, 2016)

New Orleans is not a city shy of traditions, especially those influenced by countries that have historically invested themselves here. So when the Running of the Bulls started in New Orleans in 2007, it wasn’t a surprise that we’d warm up to it.

The festival was brought to New Orleans by Mickey Hanning and his wife not long after their trip to Sanfermines in Pamplona, Spain – the festival where participants run with live bulls at their own risk. As the years have gone by, San Fermín in Nueva Orleans has become a popular annual event of its own, attracting people from around the nation to partake in the festivities.

Although this fest pays major homage to Sanfermines, there are a few noteworthy differences between the event in Spain and in New Orleans. The biggest contrast is the substitution of live bulls for New Orleans’ own Big Easy Roller Derby Girls. As the event has caught much traction over the years, derby girls from around the world have joined in as well. Dubbed Rollerbulls, these ferocious females don themselves in all red and add horns to their helmets to complete the look. When the run begins, they race after participants, whacking those who are too slow with plastic bats.

The event is open to the public, although those under 10 years old must remain on the sidewalk.  Participants are encouraged to wear the traditional attire: all white with either a red faja or pañuelo, or a waistband and neckerchief, respectively. Often members dress up in other thematic costumes – although for those planning on joining in on the fun, be warned that outrageous outfits might slow you down and cause a hit or two in consequence.

Despite this event being the most popular (and therefore attracting the most people) San Fermín in Nueva Orleans isn’t limited to theBull Run. In fact, the whole weekend is lined up with events that include contests, live music, delicious food and more. The money raised will benefit female cancer patients who are struggling financially as well as the Animal Rescue New Orleans. Some events require tickets, while others are free entry; either way, there’s a reason why the fest attracts over ten thousand people each year. For anyone interested, more information on San Fermín in Nueva Orleans can be found on their official website at nolabulls.com.


Event Preview: San Fermín in Nueva Orleans (July 8-10, 2016)

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