|by Thomas Berger||Pop Culture and Travel, New Orleans||5|
This Saturday, July 11, will see the third annual San Fermin in Nueva Orleans, a faux running of the bulls inspired by the real one in Pamplona, Spain.
Here's how it works: The run will begin at 8 a.m., but, this being New Orleans, the event actually begins at 6:30 a.m.—at a bar, the Three Legged Dog. After a drink or two (or quite possibly three), the runners will assemble outside the bar for the encierro, or running of the bulls—they will run a little over half a mile, pursued by the rollergirls wearing helmets with bull horns (the actual "goring" will be done with plastic bats, and the women have been instructed to swing hard).
Runners are to wear a white shirt, white pants or shorts, and a red cloth around the neck and the waist, just like the runners in Pamplona.
Full details (there are events scheduled for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) here. The organizers of San Fermin are anticipating a crowd of 2,000 to 4,000 runners.