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Friday, July 11, 2014

New Orleans' vs. Pamplona's Running of the Bulls

Posted By on Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 5:44 PM

The San Fermin in Nueva Orleans' Running of the Bulls isn't as dangerous as Pamplona, Spain's, where daily bull runs have already begun. Bill Hillmann, the author of a guide on running with the bulls, was gored in the leg on Wednesday.

With more than 300 roller bulls in its run, the Saturday event in New Orleans promises more "gorings," but none so serious. A breakdown on the differences between the local event and the Spanish original is after the jump.

Pamplona, Spain

Runners: 20,500 total runners in 2011
Bulls: 12 bulls — six fighting bulls and six steers for each run
Course: (0.5 miles starting from Santo Domingo Street and finishing in the bullfight arena (Plaza de Toros).
History: Originated the 17th or 18th century when cattle needed to run from outside the city into the market
Kickoff: Firing of two rockets
When: Runs take place every morning at 8 a.m. from July 7-14.

New Orleans

Runners: 18,000-20,000 estimated runners (based on NOPD estimates from last year’s event)
Bulls: 307 roller bulls (one girl coming from as far away as Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and one coming from Fort Mitchell, Alaska)
Course: 1.36 miles starting and ending at the Sugar Mill
History: Originated in 2007 after Mickey Hanning experienced the Pamplona Running of the Bulls
Kickoff: Blowing of air horns
When: The run is at 8 a.m. July 12. 

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