The Running of the Bulls

barnsis

Marquand, United States

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THESE ARE THE BULLS! ~ While visiting in New Orleans Louisiana we had a sixth floor hotel room and I was lucky enough to catch these ladies with my long lens as they rounded the corner headed to the Annual Running of the Bulls event in the French Quarter

The Annual Running of the Bulls through the streets of the French Quarter in July is set to coincide with and is sort of a spoof on the world-famous Encierro (Running of the Bulls) at the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, Spain, the popularity of the New Orleans event has mushroomed since it was first staged in 2007.

The “Bulls,” as you see here, are the young ladies from the New Orleans-based all-female flat-track derby team, the Big Easy Rollergirls! These “RollerBulls” skate behind the runners and, as they catch up with the slowest runners along the 12-block French Quarter route, they are allowed to “gore” them by whacking them with soft foam-core wiffle ball bats. Some participants consider it an honor to be “gored” by the “bulls.” They allow themselves to get whacked several times and no one has ever been hospitalized. It’s all in good fun, taking the famous New Orleans saying “Let the good times roll” to its literal extreme. And, in typical New Orleans fashion, it begins with a party and ends with a party!

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Nikon D40X with Nikon 300mm VR lens on auto focus and max zoom

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