New Orleans’ Running of the Bulls event postponed due to tropical storm threat

New Orleans’ Running of the Bulls, also known as San Fermin en Nueva Orleans, will postpone the event scheduled for Saturday, July 13 due to potential impacts from Tropical Storm Barry. Organizers say they will reschedule the event for 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 24 at The Sugar Mill.

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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. 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.

The tradition began in 2007 to pay homage to the historic running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

Organizers for the event posted a statement on the website regarding the change:

“We come to you with heavy horns.  This weekend’s weather emergency forecast forced us to postpone San Fermin in Nueva Orleans.  Our team made this tough decision in collaboration with venue management, EMS, and NOPD.  We understand that this may be inconvenient, but safety is our first priority.  Besides, as you all know, Roller Bulls can’t skate flooded streets.”

Due to the change, ticket holders can request a refund via Eventbrite. More instructions on requesting ticket refunds from Eventbrite are outlined at this link.

Organizers say tickets purchased for Saturday will be honored for the new, rescheduled date on Aug. 24.

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