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June 25, 2013 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

In a move that recognizes the flourishing popularity of a recent addition to the New Orleans festival schedule, the organizers of the “San Fermin in Nueva Orleans” festival – better known as the “Running of the Bulls” – have announced a partnership with the New Orleans Hotel Collection.

The Running of the Bulls started just eight years ago and is an event that mimics the saint’s day festival on the same dates that has taken place for centuries in Pamplona, Spain. Each year has seen phenomenal growth in runner participation for this wacky and unusual event. This year, to assist visitors in finding comfortable, nearby accommodations, the festival organizer, Nola Bulls LLC, has named the New Orleans Hotel Collection hotels as official and exclusive hotel sponsors.gI_80867_IMG_9533

The seven hotels of the collection: Bourbon Orleans, Dauphine Orleans, Audubon Cottages, Hotel Mazarin, Hotel Le Marais, Wyndham Riverfront and Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport, are in locations that provide superb and easy access to the events of the festival. Special negotiated rates better than any online agency are available to those who wish to attend.

Reservations can be made directly online at The New Orleans Hotel Collection is also the official host for the “Rollerbulls” who are making their way to the festival from around the country.

Taking place July 11-14, 2013, this year’s festival offers visitors and locals a full cadre of events, including the centerpiece Saturday morning run with more than 600 “rollerbulls” from leagues in Baton Rouge, Houston, Jacksonville and other areas. Visit for festival information and a complete schedule.

The uniqueness of this event begins with the unusual aspect of the “rollerbulls.” These roller derby women from leagues across the country don “bull” outfits, and chase the red-sashed contestants through the streets of the Vieux Carre, much like the real bulls in Pamplona. As in Pamplona, this is a “run at your own risk” event, with attendance expected to exceed 10,000 this year.

The events on the schedule this year also include a special Spanish wine dinner on Thursday, July 11th hosted by Governor Bernardo de Galvez, governor of Spanish Louisiana from 1799-1886. The dinner will be at the historic 1817 Orleans Ballroom of the Bourbon Orleans Hotel, the oldest ballroom in the entire city. For an inclusive price of $98, guests will enjoy a traditional Spanish themed four course menu, and fine wines produced by Marques de Caceres from Rioja, Spain. Details of the menu and reservations may be made online at

Festival events continue in the evening of the run with the Fiesta de Pantalones (Pants Party) and the following morning’s Pobre de Mi (Poor Me) brunch at noon. A Hemingway contest is also planned.

Nola Bulls LLC was founded in 2007 and is a provider and promoter of entertainment and cultural events in New Orleans. A portion of the proceeds from the festival will go to Animal Rescue New Orleans, an organization dedicated to the rescue of abandoned and homeless animals. For more information on Nola Bulls LLC or San Fermin in Nueva Orleans Festival, contact Mickey Hanning at (504) 247-3714.

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