Posted by: noadventure | July 12, 2009

Running of the Bulls – New Orleans

San Fermin in Nueva Orleans is an annual festival in New Orleans featuring an Encierro (bull run), which replicates and pays homage to the world famous Encierro of Pamplona, Spain, or “The Running of the Bulls.” But in New Orleans, the bulls are rollergirls. This thing rivaled the World Naked Bike Ride for level of awesomeness.

What a killer event! I was reluctant to wake up early for this thing, but it was well worth it. I could see this becoming a huge draw for people to come to New Orleans. I believe that 4 or 5 rollergirl teams participated – the Big Easy Rollergirls(natch) and  teams from Houma, BR, Lafayette?, and Jacksonville, FLA. My guess is that 2000 people participated.


I took my buddy Kook with me, but there were plenty of other characters in the crowd.


There were also a shitload of Elvis dudes there.


When the bull running started, the crowd was frenzied.

actual run

When the first actual “BULL” showed up, the fun reached riot level.


The bulls largely preyed on the weak, but no one was safe.


And if you were foolish enough to corner a bull, it was curtains for your ass.


Afterwards, everyone celebrated on Decatur street. The Rollergirls took photos with the runners and a lot of sangria flowed.


There were even these dudes on top of the balcony over Molly’s dumping pitchers of water on people to cool them off.


I, of course, had to take my medicine from two rollergirls at the same time. The weird guy on the balcony wanted to watch – to each his own.


Here was the official Bull Mobile pace vehicle.


In the end, everyone had a great time – even this dog.


official site – NOLABULLS.COM



  1. Fantastic pictures, mate. Really great. I’m so glad you had a great time out there, and we at Nola Bulls invite you to partake again next year, on Saturday, July 10, 2010. The roller derby teams involved this year were from N.O., Houston, Baton Rouge, Jacksonville, and Houma.

    P.S. (I’m your “midswing” bull with the Archbishop Pummel bat) 😉

    Yours truly,
    Pastore La Rebellina
    Nola Bulls, LLC

  2. P.P.S. Do you think I can get some hi-res copies of those photos? I’d love to have one or two printed.


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