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Run to Glory!

When you mess with the bull, you get the horns

One of my favorite things to do on a steamy summer morning in New Orleans is to dress up in white (with a little red accent here and there), go down to the Quarter with thousands of my mostly drunken countrymen to run from bat-wielding women on roller-skates. That’s why I’m so excited that July is here. That means San Fermin de Nueva Orleans is upon us, and that means the Encierro – the running of the Bulls. For four years, a group of upstart lads have led thrill-seekers of all stripes in the Third Coast version of the Spanish rite of passage. Modeled after the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain, in which runners are chased at breakneck speeds by mobs of angry, spleen-tearing bulls around the city of Pamplona (the bulls get their due reward when they co-star with the Toreadors at the bull fights later in the day), the Encierro in New Orleans has a more Peta-friendly vibe. Depending on one’s choices, the only thing killed off during the event is valuable liver tissue. Runners do so at their risk and are chased by Rollergirls wielding bats and wearing helmets spiked with horns. The Encierro brings to life the heart-pounding exhilaration of the best childhood games of hide and seek. Plus, it’s good exercise, and there’s Sangria at the end.

At the real running of the bulls in Pamplona, the festivities end at midnight in the town square with the singing of “Pobre de Mí, Pobre de Mí, que se han acabado las fiestas, de San Fermín.” (Poor me, poor me, for the fiesta of San Fermín has come to a close). Then all go home to rest their beaten limbs and livers. Not to be outdone, New Orleans’ own San Fermin ends with a “Pobre de Mi” of its own, this one with a decidedly more literary bent.

Make Papa Proud

The second annual Pobre de Mi will take place on Sunday, July 11th at Ernst Café/The Chicory and will offer a tapas brunch menu by Vega Tapas Café and special cocktails. Intellects will also be fed with the staging of the 2nd annual Ernest Hemingway Talent Contest: Hemingway, Ole! The event, a collaboration between the NOLAFugees and the Death in the Afternoon Drinking Society, will feature six teams who fight, gloves off, to see who has the best Hemingway-inspired talent. Two to three-person teams will perform “micro-skits” (no memorization required… after all, its Hemingway so consumption of beverages is expected) of Hemingway’s most notorious scenes (Break out the white elephants). A panel of judges will mark down scores. The audience will participate in deciding who is best. Winners will win the knowledge of their superiority and possibly fabulous prizes. After which, everyone will watch soccer. Of course, a chance at a glory so grand doesn’t come easily. Interested teams must register in advance.

WHAT: El Pobre de Mi  WHERE: Ernst Café/The Chicory 600-610 South Peters St.  •  New Orleans, LA

 WHEN: Sunday, July 11th
 11:30am Doors open for brunch/drinks
 12:30pm Contest begins
 1:30pm  World Cup Finals Match

 COST: FREE! 

 WHY: ¿Por qué no?

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