Why roller derby girls?
When I originally thought of it, we figured we could do it with our wives/girlfriends chasing the men through the street as a laugh. Technically, women are supposed to run in Spain, so that is how it became women chasing men… that and my wife really wanted to create something bullish. So the Big Easy Rollergirls were the perfect match.
What is involved in the preparation and planning for the event?
We’re always trying to fine-tune the event to make sure that everyone is happy and safe, and that we aren’t losing money. Everything we do is in addition to real life and real jobs. We feel like we’ve got the nuts and bolts figured out, but it’s the little things that we tweak each year that we hope are for the better.
Tell me about the growth and what a first-time attendee should expect?
Last year there were an estimated 18,000 attendees. If the growth trend continues, it could be upwards of 20,000 people this year. Every year is a new high, really. You should expect sweaty people all laughing and enjoying life.
What food and drink will San Fermin have this year?
Friday’s El Txupinazo at Publiq House is gonna be epic. One price gets you food from Bayona, Little Gem Saloon, Mondo, Pizza Domenica, and Purloo. At the Post-Encierro Fiesta, be on the lookout for some great craft cocktails from local bars to accompany the ever-present Sangria. Food trucks and Clesi’s will be on site serving great food, too.
What charities does San Fermin support?
Since 2010 we’ve supported the Animal Rescue New Orleans. A new charity [Beth’s Friends Forever] started this year in honor of my wife, Beth Hanning, who was diagnosed with breast cancer. The charity aims to support local women who are fighting cancer.
The Ninth Annual Running of the Bulls at San Fermin in Nueva Orleans will be celebrated July 9-12.