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Archbishop Pummel Talks Rolling of the Bulls, San Fermin
This weekend, Nueva Orleans pays homage to the city’s Spanish roots--and, of course, patron saint of San Fermin--with the 6th Annual San Fermin Nueva Orleans.
The SFNO, or Rolling of the Bulls, offers events and activities that, mas o menos, rival the renowned Running of the Bulls en España. From July 12-15, San Fermin New Orleans and its sponsors will host a number of events featuring food, booze, musica and nonviolent goring.
Like San Fermin Pomplano, SFNO’s spotlight event is El Encierro: The Running of the Bulls. The verb “encerrar” in Spanish means “to fence in, lock or shut up”. Runners in this years Encierro will be fenced in, er, chased, by the Big Easy Rollergirl derby team. Not quite as death defying as a stampede of 2,000 pound bovines, but still pretty badass.
Chief Bull Wrangler Archbishop Pummel manages the 400 Rollergirls from New Orleans and beyond who will incite Nola Bull Run participants. She gave NoDef an idea of what the course looks like from the vantage point of a bull on wheels.
As an original founder of the event, Pummel reflected on how its grown.
As always, foam bats will be the Rollergirls’ instrument of gore. Archbishop Pummel told NoDef that while no protruding objects are allowed, the Rollergirls have a secret weapon that makes their bats nearly irresisteble to all who cross their path.
“The Roller Girls decorate their bats with glitter, markers and stickers," she said.
Pummel shares that, “Nola Bull Run is a run at your own risk event, but we take every precaution to ensure roller and runner safety."
Tracey advises that runners drink lots of water, if you fall down, stay down, and please, refrain from roller harassment. While a real bull may gore you when harassed or agitated, there’s no telling what these rollergirls will do - we suggest appeasing them with canas de cerveza o botellas de sangria.
"In 2007 I think we had 200 runners and a MySpace page. We were so under the radar: no street closures or permits," she said. This year, organizers are expecting 1,500 runners.
Participants of all ages are encouraged to run. Fast. And against bull survival instincts, wear red. That is, done your bod in all white and chose a red accent to wear around your neck or waist.
"There are some crazy New Orleans characters who choose to run without clothes on, but I don’t recommend that," Pummel said.
Before the run there will be a saintly procession, a cultural tribute to the San Fermin Festival in Spain. In a departure from past years, the mile long fun run starts and ends at The Sugar Mill (corner of St. Peters and John Churchill Chase) through the Warehouse District. An early morning start, 8 a.m., ensures participants will be through by 8:15 a.m. to enjoy a Toro Rojo cocktail after the race. Or before if that’s your thing.
The run isn't the only want to grab the bull by the horns this weekend. Fiesta de Pantalones (Pants Party) is the nocturnal festivus which will satisfy the night owls’ desire to partake in Spanish shenanigans. While Sunday’s Pobre de Mi (Poor Me) is the early bird tapas brunch special to wrap up the European fun. Info on other San Fermin N.O events like, Thursday’s Wine Dinner (Marques de Caceres), and the Friday pre-party, can be found on the San Fermin website. Pastor Pummel assured that all events are authentic-music, food and drink will be exclusively from Spain.
Pre-registration is advised. Not only are you guaranteed a spot in the run, but you get a t-shirt and signature SFNO 2012 bandana! This city never lacks cause for celebration, and San Fermin New Orleans placates our sleepy summer request for cultural stimulation.
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