No bull: 12th annual New Orleans Running of the Bulls brings out thousands

Why get up early on a Saturday to get whacked with plastic bats? You should instead ask, “¿por que no?”

by Clint Durrett
July 14, 2018

We stumbled out of bed and staggered into the streets to clumsily pretend to avoid the barrage of “bulls” on roller skates.

The annual San Fermin in Nueva Orleans kicked off early in the streets of Warehouse District for its 12th year. Since the first dash, the crowds have grown into a huge river of white and splashes of red that fill the streets.

It’s hardly a run that is meant to mirror the annual bull run in Pamplona, Spain. Attendees in New Orleans walked with beer and sangria in hand as the Big Easy Rollergirls gored, well, spanked, us with whiffle ball bats.

Despite scorching, sweat-inducing temperatures, and the early start time, people flooded the area. We and other “runners” found shade behind beer vendors and under tents or in the Sugar Mill, where The Crystal Method performed in the sweet, sweet air conditioning post-run show.

Why get up early on a Saturday to get whacked with plastic bats?

You should instead ask, “¿por que no?”

Hi. I’m Clint. I’m the Local Market Manager for Very Local New Orleans. I’ve lived in New Orleans since 2001 and been living my best life in this rad place since that year. I have 10 years of broadcast journalism and digital media experience. Before Very Local New Orleans, I worked for WDSU-TV – producing, product developing, digital media managing– I’ve done it all. I’ve seen first-hand the trials we’ve suffered in this city and the celebrations we’ve enjoyed. I love New Orleans. It’s home. I’m going to work my hardest to bring you the content and experiences you care...

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