Collective Madness? The Running of The Bulls with a NOLA Twist

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Realty Executives NOLA - Kim Higgins, Broker/Owner - Greater New Orleans & Northshore Area Real Estate

Ever dreamed of attending the world-famous Encierro (English: Running of the Bulls) in Pamplona, Spain? 

 

San Fermin in Pamplona

  

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. 

 

The bulls at work!

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!

 

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Comments (4)

Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Personally, it is one of those events I do not understand. The chance of being killed or seriously injured is too real!

Jul 06, 2015 09:46 PM
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Realty Executives NOLA - Kim Higgins, Broker/Owner - Greater New Orleans & Northshore Area Rea... - New Orleans, LA
Greater New Orleans & Northshore Area Real Estate

You're right, Barbara-Jo! I'll face on a rollergirl with a bat over a charging bull any day! Wouldn't want to spill my drink 

Jul 07, 2015 12:00 AM
Chuck Willman UtahHomes.me
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes

Oh my. Only in New Orleans. That's absolutely fantastic. I'm guessing this sort of thing will catch on in other cities.

Jul 07, 2015 04:09 AM
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Realty Executives NOLA - Kim Higgins, Broker/Owner - Greater New Orleans & Northshore Area Rea... - New Orleans, LA
Greater New Orleans & Northshore Area Real Estate

It is so much fun, Chuck Willman! It would be awesome to see it happen in other cities, but it could warrant a weekend trip to New Orleans!

Jul 07, 2015 06:19 AM