07.14.08 10 years ago 3 Comments

With 45 people who totally had it coming getting hurt in the annual Running of the Bulls in Spain, for once a similar event in New Orleans looked relatively free of violence. Over the weekend, some girls in roller skates got together to chase people through the French Quarter, which is kind of like that segment in Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, except no one dies, which makes it slightly disappointing.

Hundreds of men, women and children, most in white with red scarves around their waists and red bandannas around their necks, gathered outside a French Quarter bar Saturday morning to be chased down Bourbon Street by members of New Orleans' roller derby league.

"Roller skates and a stampede through the Quarter — what could possibly go wrong?" said accountant Jason Medonia.

The run, in its second year, featured 33 roller girls in horned helmets from teams with names like Confederacy of Punches and Crescent Wenches.

A Confederacy of Dunces reference? From girls willing to mix it up and beat up strangers for fun and, if the cops aren't looking, profit? That's so close to my dreams it's scary. The difference being, of course, that my dreams are actually scary.   

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