Ever dreamed of attending the world-famous Encierro (English: Running of the Bulls) in Pamplona, Spain?
The running of the bulls is a major feature of a 9-day fiesta, the San Fermin festival, held each year from July 6th to July 14th. The festival attracts over a million visitors and is one of the most internationally renowned festivals in Spain, having been popularized by Ernest Hemmingway in his 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises. The event is not without danger, and since officials began keeping records in 1925, at least 13 people have been killed participating and many others are gored or otherwised injured each year.
The kickoff of the festival is today! If you didn't make it to Pampalona this year or you find the idea of getting gored a bit unappealing, consider the alternative San Fermin in Nueva Orleans. The festival has been held in New Orleans since 2007 and is the Big Easy's homage to the traditional Spanish fiesta. However, the Louisiana version brings one major twist, instead of bulls, the all-female members of the Big Easy Rollergirls and other rolley derby leagues are let loose on the streets! Over 18,000 runners flee from the 400 rolling 'bulls' as they are whacked mercilessly with hollow plastic bats. The 1-mile 'run' is usually more of a bar crawl as participants are not so motivated to avoid a light smack on the rear and prefer to drink as they go along.
Photo credit: Brett Duke, Nola.com | The Times-Picayune
The New Orleans running of the bulls is this Saturday, July 11th, 2015 at 8am sharp! But, in the spirit of the traditional festival, the New Orleans version has events spanning several days, from the 9th to the 12th of July. For more information on the running of the bulls in NOLA or the other events, click here!
What are you waiting for?! It's time to break out those white tops and red scarves and sashes. My husband and I have participated the last few years and had a ball! Comment below and let me know if I can expect to see you there!