There were no casualties in these streets last weekend save those who chose to get up early to meet the "bulls" after a late night out on the town. Our toro's wear fishnet and tutus and never deliver a fatal blow.
In fact, participants of New Orleans' run with the bulls celebration line up to receive a bat on the bum. Though it helps by starting the day with a Bloody Mary, it's not difficult to get in the spirit when you see the Big Easy Roller Girls churning down the French Quarter streets and into the CBD.
I was surprised to meet roller derby skaters from Birmingham, Ala. and Jackson, Miss., just here for the San Fermin in Nueva Orleans festival, so none would go without a thump on the bump.