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Running with the “bulls” at San Fermin in Nueva Orleans 

The annual festival returns July 8-10

The Running of the NOLA Bulls isn't as dangerous as its namesake inspiration in Pamplona, Spain. But runners — or corredors, clad in white outfits with red scarves or accoutrements — may want to size up the bulls before taking their chances. Hundreds of women from roller derby teams — including the Big Easy Roller Girls and other regional leagues — equip their helmets with custom horns to "gore" runners and plastic bats wielded with varying degrees of force.

  The event's 10th anniversary features the Txupinazo, a Friday night party at Little Gem Saloon featuring music by Los Po-Boy-Citos and food from Bayona, SoBou, Commander's Palace and Apolline. The run starts at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Sugar Mill, following the blessing by San Fermin in Nueva Orleans pope Andrew Ward. The three-quarter-mile course returns runners to the Sugar Mill, where there is music by Vivaz and Quickie Mart, a mechanical bull, a costume contest for participating bulls and more (registration required). There also are food trucks, bars and games outside the Sugar Mill. The post-race party is at The Rusty Nail (1100 Constance St.). Other weekend events include Sunday's El Pobre de Mi, a brunch party celebrating Ernest Hemingway (readings, look-alike contests and more). Festival proceeds benefit Animal Rescue New Orleans and Beth's Friends Forever, which assists women fighting breast cancer. Visit the website for details and tickets.


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