Running of the Bulls N.O. style

Running of the Bulls N.O. style

Credit: Andrew Franzella

New Orleans’ own San Fermin hit the streets Saturday morning with its annual Encierro, or Running of the Bulls.

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Posted on July 12, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 15 at 3:56 PM

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New Orleans’ own San Fermin hit the streets Saturday morning with its annual Encierro, or Running of the Bulls. For the eighth time, thousands of people sported in red and white got up early(8 a.m. no less), and ran through the streets of New Orleans, trying to outrun female roller skating girls armed with wiffle ball bats.
 
The San Fermin festival runs all weekend long, but the Running of the Bulls might be its proverbial headliner. Thousands of celebrants gather at The Sugar Mill across from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, and after the blessing of San Fermin(led by quasi-Pope Andrew Ward), the hundreds of bulls — roller-derby girls — are released to skate down convention center boulevard, wacking anyone on the buttocks they see fit. 
 
The mile-long run, or walk for most, looped through the Warehouse District's streets, paying tribute to Pampalona's famous Running of the Bulls. No one was gored by chasing toros, but hangovers might've started very early for some New Orleans folk.
 
The festival continues through July 13, so for a full schedule of events, click here.
 
 

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