It is that time of year again when the New Orleans community swarms the streets of downtown for the 11th Annual Running of the Bulls Festival. This event coincides with the world famous Encierro (Running of the Bulls) at San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, Spain. The city of New Orleans has created their unique spin on this traditional festival.
Running of the Bulls Event Details
What: The 11th Annual Running of the Bulls in New Orleans
When: Saturday, July 8
7:15 a.m. Procession of San Fermin
8:00 a.m. SHARP El Encierro (bull run) begins
8:15 a.m. Post-Encierro party featuring live entertainment, spectacles, foods, drinks, and RollerBulls
Side Note: Runners are required to wear all white and then a piece of red cloth tied around the waist or neck.
The official opening of this event is pronounced Choo-pin-AHT-so. The festival will begin Friday, July 7 with El Txupinazo. This is the official kickoff party for the San Fermin in New Orleans. The festivities will begin at 5 p.m. and go until about 9 p.m. Make sure you get there early and get yourself a nice spot at Little Gem Saloon. This event will be hosted by our charity partners, Beth’s Friends Forever. The venue will be the Seven Three Distillery (301 N. Claiborne Ave) at Bienville. The program will be the same as years past: food, drink, entertainment and the silent auction.
All proceeds this year go to BFF, helping women in New Orleans area fighting cancer. For only one ticket price, you can enjoy live music, an open bar and food from Commander’s Palace, SoBou, Little Gem Saloon, Apolline and Bayona and much more! Thanks to generous contributions every year, the San Fermin in New Orleans is one of the fastest growing festivals in Louisiana, and especially the fastest growing summer festival in the city. Make sure you keep up with the event when you use the hashtag #SFNO2017.
On Saturday morning, July 8, SFNO guests begin gathering near the starting line. The crowd continues to build the morning of, starting around 6:30 a.m. when the festival bars begin to open. The Procession of San Fermin begins that morning and an invocation precedes the event. The Running of the Bulls officially starts at 8 a.m. This is a ticketed event, so make sure you come prepared. After the run, you can reward yourself with tapas, sangria, and tons of entertainment options. Also, following the event, enjoy DJ music by RQaway and live music from The Zydepunks. For more information about Saturday’s, festivities check out the event guide.
Registration for the Event
Although participation in this run remains open to the general public, the festival asks that you register to get into the festival grounds. The festival fees will help offset the event costs, which will leave more proceeds to go toward the local charities. This year the charities are Animal Rescue of New Orleans and Beth’s Friends Forever. Check out the registration information beforehand.
Get the whole family together and head out for this event! Reward yourself with Spanish-inspired cuisine after a long run. Make sure while in the New Orleans area you also check out Ray Brandt Auto for all your automotive needs!