Running with the Bulls in New Orleans: Advice for first timers

Planning to run with the (roller) bulls in New Orleans? Prepare yourself for a wildly fun morning. This year’s event is Saturday, July 12, 2014, at 8 a.m. sharp. Seriously, don’t be late or you are going to miss the event. This NOLA event actually starts on time.

Event summary for San Fermin in Nueva Orleans:

Hundreds of roller derby women (bulls) chase thousands of runners through a short course in the CBD and Warehouse District. The bulls have wiffle bats and spank runners during the race. The event raises money for the Animal Rescue New Orleans and the Louisiana Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.


We ran with the bulls last year and had a blast. We’ll be there again Saturday with our Meetup friends. We’d love for you to join us.

Advice if you are a first-time runner this year:

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Oct. 1 – today – is last day of the 2013 season for a Hansen’s snoball

Today is the last day of 2013 for Hansen’s Snobliz. The iconic New Orleans snoball stand is open today from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. before closing up shop until spring 2014. Sad face.

The NewinNOLA crew & our friends are big fans of Hansen's. (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/

The NewinNOLA crew & our friends are big fans of Hansen’s. (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/

Remember, this place is cash only, with a single flavor, small snoball starting at $1.50. We plan on lining up early for our creambeaux. What are you going to get?

Some of our favorites:

  • Creambeaux – a trio of the cream flavors
  • Satsuma – a tart, clear citrus flavor
  • Coconut cream
  • Nectar
  • Wild cherry
  • Vanilla bean
  • Peach cream

Free museum admission today in New Orleans

It’s Museum Day (Sept. 28, 2013) and several museums in New Orleans are waiving admission – but you have to print a ticket via the Smithsonian’s website.



Important – the ticket is good for two people only. If you have more than two people (group of friends), make sure people print their own tickets.

Participating museums in New Orleans:

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Advice (and photos) for running with the bulls in New Orleans

We had our first experience Saturday running with the bulls in New Orleans. It was early (we arrived at 7 a.m.), but it definitely was worth it. Thanks to Cate Root for encouraging us to go.

What we wish we knew before we ran AKA advice for next year:

–  The event is free, but $10 gets you a running number and access to the inside venue (AC, chairs, bathrooms, music, pay-as-you-eat food). You are supposed to preregister for a number, but we were able to do it the day of the race.  However, you can skip the number, dress up and run for free.

Our awesome souvenir number:


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Best swamp tours near New Orleans

By Kim Smelter|  New Girl in NOLA 

Kim Smelter has been on six swamp tours in the New Orleans area. (photo via Kim Smelter)

Kim Smelter has been on six swamp tours in the New Orleans area. (photo via Kim Smelter)

Everyone knows it’s festival season and crawfish season, but you know what other season is underway? Gator season! The water is warming and the gators are coming out to play, meaning it’s time for you to grab a pack of marshmallows, a six-pack of beer and be a tourist for an afternoon.

I’ve been to roughly six tours in the past year and a half. That’s right…six. I can’t help it. I love boats, Spanish moss and those dinosaur-like reptiles. Since I’m such a seasoned pro (hehe) I rated these tours based on a few things to give you some tips for your next swamp adventure.

SWAMP METER KEY (out of 5)

  • Gator-Aid = the guide/captain of the ship
  • Swamp Creatures = gators & other animals you may see in the swamp
  • The View = surrounding nature (not to be confused with the ABC talk show)
  • Swamp People = the overall clientele/quantity of people on the boat

Header image is from flickr user @peterme and is used in accordance with a Creative Commons license.

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Tickets on sale for New Orleans Beer Fest

Adding this one to the bucket list. Excerpts from (full story): New Orleans Beer Fest logo

This year, the New Orleans International Beer Festival will be Saturday, March 9.

Like last year, the festival will feature 175 different craft beers along with seminars on cooking and pairing beer. One area will be devoted to cask ales. A special VIP section will have harder to find beers. And Wilson plans to add this year a “cider garden.”

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Our New Orleans bucket list

We have so many things we want to do in New Orleans and the metro area. Here’s our running list of what we want to tackle. Have suggestions for us? We’re also updating this list here.

• Treat our noses to Bourbon French Parfums (more).

Hotel Monteleone converted a carousel into a bar that slowly rotates. (photo via @hotelmonteleone on Instagram)

Hotel Monteleone converted a carousel into a bar that slowly rotates. (photo via @hotelmonteleone on Instagram)

• Visit Avery Island (more).

• Coax a plumeria/frangipani to bloom on our patio.

• Enjoy a cocktail at the Carousel Bar inside Hotel Monteleone (more).

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