Wednesday, July 6, 2011

San Fermin in Nueva Orleans

Big Easy Roller Girls

Forget Pamplona—bulls are so last century. Instead, head to New Orleans for San Fermin the annual running of roller derby girls on skates. We caught a glimpse when we were in NOLA two summers ago and promise that it's a sight worth seeing. The Big Easy Roller Girls wear red and don bull horns and paddle any runners who are foolish enough get in their way.

Big easy roller girls running of the bulls

Hotels are a steal: A room a the Hotel New Orleans is $69 per night or upgrade to the Hotel Monteleone for $109 per night.

While New Orleans may seem like an unexpected place to feature this twist on the old Spanish celebration, the convention and visitors bureau tells us that: New Orleans has strong Spanish roots as it was under Spanish rule from 1792 until 1800. The city experienced two major fires in 1788 and 1794, and because it was still under Spanish rule during that time, much of the French Quarter was rebuilt boasting Spanish architecture. Visitors often notice the Spanish influence in the design on the Vieux Carre’s buildings with the arched doorways and windows.

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