While you may be familiar with the world-famous running of the bulls that takes place each summer in Pamplona, Spain, did you know that New Orleans has its own version?
This year marks the 11th anniversary of San Fermin en Nueva Orleans. The festivities take place Friday, July 7 through Sunday, July 9, 2017 in downtown New Orleans. Planning a trip to New Orleans to join the fun? Here’s what you should know:
In New Orleans, the “bulls” are rollergirls.
The main difference between the Crescent City’s version of the Encierro and the original Spanish version? Here in NOLA, instead of actual bulls, thousands of runners are chased by roller derby skaters, known as Rollerbulls.
While the event started with local skaters from the Big Easy Rollergirls, New Orleans’ all-female flat-track derby team, San Fermin en Nueva Orleans now also welcomes skaters from roller derby leagues around the world. Skaters adorn their helmets with horns and carry plastic bats to terrorize the runners with.
San Fermin en Nueva Orleans is a full weekend of fun.
The main event takes place on the morning of Saturday, July 8, 2017, but there are festivities all weekend long.
A kick-off party takes place Friday night, July 7, from 5-9pm at Seven Three Distilling Company (301 North Claiborne Ave.) and features an open bar, Abita beer, food from local restaurants, a silent auction, and live music from Vivaz! Latin Band.
Saturday after the main run, the party continues at La Fiesta de Pantalones, followed by a brunch event on Sunday.
(Ernest Hemingway famously depicted the Spanish running of the bulls tradition in his books The Sun Also Rises and Death in the Afternoon. Hemingway also stayed at Hotel Monteleone and mentioned the Carousel Bar & Lounge in his short story, The Night Before Battle. You can follow in his footsteps by booking our literary suite named in his honor.)
If you want to run, you’ll need to buy a ticket.
In recent years, the event has featured more than 18,000 runners. An event this big requires a lot of organization, and in order to participate in the run, you’ll need to register in advance for tickets. You’ll also be required to wear a white shirt and white pants or shorts, plus a red piece of cloth tied around both your waist and neck.
You’ll also want a place to cool off after your run. With a gorgeous rooftop pool and a world-class rotating bar, Hotel Monteleone is the perfect place to return and relax after running with the bulls.
Book your stay today, and take advantage of our summer specials.