“Are you frightened?”
“I don’t know … they’re pretty big girls …”
Not everyone can travel to Spain to run with the bulls — luckily, New Orleans has you covered! Tomorrow, the “Encierro” takes place at 8 a.m. sharp, but the festival is happening all weekend. Just head to the Big Easy to run with the … bulls. Or rather, roller derby girls decked out in bull horns and brandishing whiffle ball bats. Totally the same.
The annual Festival of San Fermin is underway, with locals of Pamplona, Spain — along with visitors from all over the world — filling the streets for outrageous parties, parades and, lest we forget, the running of the bulls.
A tradition with a hazy history, the running of the bulls has grown from a convenient way to get the bulls from the corral to the bullring, to an event worthy of any thrill-seeker’s bucket list.
Get your adrenaline pumping — and learn a little, too — with our Festival of San Fermin photo gallery.
Or vicariously run with the bulls with a personal account by one of our writers and learn how you, too, can live the experience of a lifetime in the streets of northern Spain.
Have you been to the Festival of San Fermin? Tell us about your experience in the comments!
Looking for a way to spice up an already exciting trip in New Orleans? Head to The Big Easy during the summer to run with the bulls. OK…not really, but you can be 1 of 100s of spectators that try to avoid roller derby chicks dressed as bulls. These women follow a predetermine route, but festival goers must be nimble to dodge these “bulls,” carrying plastic bats to beat off anyone standing in their way. Check out the website for more information.
In case you didn’t know, San Fermin is a festival celebrated in Pamplona, Spain, in honor of Saint Fermin. It starts on July 6 at noon and runs until July 14 at midnight. Over a million people travel to see the festival, including running of the bulls, the festival’s main attraction.
Take a break and satisfy you quest for thrill and adventure. Check out this fun video we found on YouTube from this past weekend. It’s not the best quality, but it definitely looks like a good time! What do you think?