Each summer, New Orleanians celebrate San Fermin in Nueva Orleans. Also known as the Running of the Bulls in New Orleans, this annual summer event features an Encierro (bull run) that replicates and pays homage to the world famous Encierro of Pamplona, Spain.
The 10th annual San Fermin in Nueva Orleans takes place July 8-10, 2016. Planning a visit? Here’s what you should know to make the most of the Running of the Bulls:
We do things a little differently in New Orleans.
There’s a key difference between the Running of the Bulls in Spain and the Running of the Bulls in New Orleans: the bulls themselves. Here in New Orleans the bulls are members of the Big Easy Rollergirls, along with lucky participants from other roller derby leagues across the country.
The festivities also include a full weekend of summer fun, with a pre-party on Friday night, July 8 from 5-9pm at Little Gem Saloon (445 S. Rampart Street). The party will feature live music by local favorites Los Poboycitos in addition to an open bar, food and silent auction.
After the big run on Saturday morning, you’ll want to check out La Fiesta de Pantalones, hosted at The Rusty Nail (1100 Constance Street). Don’t miss the final send off on Sunday morning, featuring Ernest Hemingway-inspired contests, food and cocktails.
Buy your ticket in advance, and wear white and red.
San Fermin in Nueva Orleans is open to public viewing, but registration is mandatory for access to the festival itself, as well as the pre-party and after parties. VIP registration also includes an open premium bar, food, access to private restrooms during the event and a 2016 festival t-shirt and bandana. Get your tickets here.
To maintain the Spanish inspired look and feel of the event, runners are also required to wear white shirts and shorts or pants, paired with a red cloth or bandana, tied at the waist and neck.
Running of the Bulls is the perfect way to experience New Orleans this summer.
Want to experience the Running of the Bulls in New Orleans, or one of many more great summer events that the Big Easy has to offer?