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Preview: Running of the Bulls 2013

Will Coviello takes a look at San Fermin en Nuevo Orleans — roller derby women, plastic bats and all



Usually when one messes with a bull, one gets the horns. At the Running of the NOLA Bulls, one gets batted — by a herd of bulls. While the run is similar in length to the annual Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain, the local course is stocked with far more "bulls." More than 400 women from roller derby leagues around the nation don their skates and helmets mounted with horns and swing plastic bats at runners clad in white and red. The bull run, or encierro, starts at 8 a.m. sharp at the Sugar Mill. The mile-long circular course returns runners to the Sugar Mill where Vivaz! performs at the post-run party. Other events include a wine dinner and Friday night pre-party, also at the Sugar Mill (See "Dine and dash," p. 35). For a full list of events and rules for the run, visit the website. — WILL COVIELLO

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