Here’s how to survive the Running of the Bulls this weekend

Make sure you keep running!

New Orleans’ Running of the Bulls, also known as San Fermin en Nueva Orleans, kicks off festivities this weekend. The weekend’s main event takes place at 8 a.m. on Saturday in the Central Business District, starting and ending at The Sugar Mill.

At the New Orleans version of Spain’s famous bull-running event, local roller derby team the Big Easy Rollergirls chase participants in the streets armed with plastic bats. To be identified as a runner, participants must wear white with red trim or accessories. Other activities surrounding the main event include a pre-party, a post-race celebration immediately following the run itself, and a Hemmingway look-alike contest.

Find complete information of all events here and purchase event tickets here.

If you’re planning to run, we sought out a few fun tips from “rollerbulls” that might help you survive the run.

1. Touching the rollerbulls is the easiest way to get smacked. Don’t do it!

2. Use the buddy system. Have your friends watch your back because people can sneak up on you.

3. Take on interesting running patterns like zig zags.

4. Stay hydrated. Safety is of the utmost importance during the run. Make sure you get your fill of water in before the run, especially with the heat.

Runners should gather at The Sugar Mill, 1021 Convention Center Boulevard, at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday. A procession kicks off the event at 7:15 a.m., followed promptly by the run at 8 a.m.

There is a cost to participate in the run. You purchase event tickets here. However, watching the chaos is completely free. Just get there early to make sure you can secure a good spot.

Here’s the route:

  • The run starts at the Sugar Mill; runners proceed downtown on Convention Center Boulevard. Runners will turn left on Poydras Street, left on Tchoupitoulas Street, left on St. Joseph Street, then, right on Convention Center Boulevard before returning to The Sugar Mill.

For more information about the Running of the Bulls, visit the website.

See also:

Blissful Chaos: What to Expect at the Running of the Bulls