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Running of The Bulls in New Orleans Makes Super Move in 2012

NEW ORLEANS, La., June 8, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — If past years are any indication, the crowd of partiers may double for the 6th Annual San Fermin in Nueva Orleans 2012 (SFNO) from July 12 – 15, hosted by Nola Bulls, LLC. The New Orleans incarnation of Running of the Bulls features roller derby skaters Big Easy Roller Girls and roller derby skaters from around the world as RollerBulls™: horned-helmet wearing, plastic bat wielding, crowd chasers. This spectacle was enjoyed by nearly 15,000 participants in 2011 representing exponential growth since its humble beginning in 2007 during which 125 runners were chased by 13 RollerBulls™.

THURSDAY JULY 12th – 6:30 p.m.:
SFNO unofficially begins with the 2nd Annual Wine Dinner presented by Marques de Caceres of Rioja and 7 on Fulton Restaurant (701 Convention Center Boulevard New Orleans, LA 70130). A limited number of diners will enjoy a multi-course, wine-paired meal. Menu and Ticket information is available at http://www.nolabulls.com.

FRIDAY JULY 13th – 5-9 p.m.:
El Txupinazo (choo-pee-NAHT-so) officially kicks off SFNO 2012 in a SUPER new venue and presents an opening experience influenced by the traditional Spanish event in Pamplona. This FREE EVENT will be hosted at Champions Square next to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Since opening in late 2010, Champions Square has been the site of great events such as Mardi Gras festivities and sports-related extravaganzas. Nola Bulls is proud to present El Txupinazo in an environment that will allow thousands to party in style. Tapas, Stella Artois and other beers, Marques de Caceres wines and sangria will liven the party. Multi-award winning Latin Boogaloo band, Los Poboycitos (http://lospoboycitos.com), will perform as will local dance troupes and performance groups.

SATURDAY JULY 14th – 8 a.m.:
El Encierro (The Running of the Bulls) is the featured event of SFNO and will commence at precisely 8 a.m. This FREE EVENT will also be held at Champions Square. Over 400 plus RollerBulls™ (from around the world), wielding plastic bats, will chase down and “gore” the thousands of participants. Festival registration packages are being offered on NolaBulls.com for VIP access that enables reserved area access, open bar and festival merchandise.

El Encierro is a “run at your own risk” event. All ages are welcome, but participants under 12 and people with strollers are required to use the sidewalks. Arrive early to view the Procession of San Fermin which begins at 7:30 a.m..

Following El Encierro will be the Post-Encierro Fiesta at Champions Square, featuring live music and area DJs, food, sangria, and Stella Artois. This event is FREE and open to the public.

SATURDAY JULY 14th – 8 p.m.:
La Fiesta de Pantalones (The Pants Party) revives the weary bull runners with live music from local acts, hand spun DJ tunes and other entertainment at 12Bar (608 Fulton St., New Orleans, LA 70130 – http://12barnola.com). Artists are to be determined.

SUNDAY JULY 15th – 11 a.m.:
El Pobre de Mi concludes the SFNO 2012 festivities. This growing event features a recovery brunch of tapas and Ernest Hemingway inspired cocktails like “Death in the Afternoon.” Participants are invited to enter the laid back events, such as an Ernest Hemingway Look-a-Like contest and the Ernest Hemingway Jam, where multiple teams present their interpretations of randomly selected Hemingway works. 12Bar (608 Fulton St., New Orleans, LA 70130) will host this event.

ATTIRE:
Participants are requested to wear all white clothing with a red sash and neckerchief, or some other Spanish themed attire, for all events.

LODGING:
Discounted hotel accommodations are available at any New Orleans Hotel Collection properties, including the Hotel Le Marais, Bourbon Orleans, Dauphine Orleans, Hotel Mazarin, and Wyndham Riverfront.

PHILANTHROPY:
Nola Bulls will donate part of the proceeds from all events to charity. We continue to support Animal Rescue of New Orleans for their continued care and devotion in finding permanent homes for lost and abandoned animals. We are also contributing to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Louisiana, which helps over 4,000 individuals in the state of Louisiana impacted by MS to move their lives forward. They provide comprehensive support services and educational programs to people with MS, their family and friends, and raise funds locally to support the National MS Society’s research initiatives.

About Nola Bulls, LLC:
Nola Bulls, LLC was founded in 2007 and produces entertainment and cultural events in the New Orleans area. “Improving New Orleans Culture One Festival at A Time.” Their marquee event is San Fermin in Nueva Orleans

Contact Mickey Hanning for additional information and media requests. You may reach him at 504-247-3714 or mickey@nolabulls.com.

Nola Bulls, LLC, 828 Royal St., #501, New Orleans, LA 70116; 504-247-3714. Learn more at: http://www.NolaBulls.com.

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Black and Gold Sweeps the Gulf Coast – Showing Support for the Saints and New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, La., March 23, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Just when you thought the gulf coast was settling into the long path to recovery, another devastating blow was dealt to the city of New Orleans this week, says local clothing company NOLA Shirts. “The nation is still stunned from the early weeks news of the unprecedented suspension of New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton for the next season,” says Gretchen Zito, of NOLA Shirts.

For the first time in NFL history, Payton is the first head coach suspended by the league for any reason, accused of trying to cover up a system of cash incentives to players for performance within a game – what has become named a bounty system: extra cash for players who deliberately take an opposing player out of the game. While similar systems have existed in a shadowy form in several teams, as well as several other sports, this was the highest profile revelation of such a practice, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appears to be making the New Orleans Saints the example – by dealing out the harshest punishment to a team in NFL history.

Not only was the head coach, Sean Payton, suspended for a year without pay, the former defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, completely banned from the league, a $500,000 fine was issued to the team, their second-round draft picks were also taken away, and the Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis was banned for the first eight regular-season games next season, and the assistant coach Joe Vitt has also been banned for the first six games. This again set a new precedent – it is believed that this was the first time a general manager was suspended by the NFL. All of this, in the coming year – in which the Super Bowl is to be held in the city of New Orleans, the Saints’ home city.

This overwhelming and crippling decision to completely eviscerate a NFL football team is an attempt to show other teams how serious the NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, is taking this issue – yet, the ruling is being discussed across the nation as a whole, and will have a ripple effect in the Nation Football League. Continuing discussions go on as the commissioner also determines a pending punishment for players as well – and this is being reviewed by the NFL Players association.

This all comes as another major blow to the city of New Orleans, after several hits have impacted the city in past years. Natural disasters such as Katrina, oil spills in the Gulf, the entire rebuilding process, the mass exodus and return of citizenry to the area – and now this almost fatal blow to one of the spiritual hearts of the city – the New Orleans Saints. Even in the harshest times, and the most depressing years of recent history, the people of New Orleans have rallied behind their home team with an almost religious fervor – every time a game is played, the city is dressed in the famous black and gold to celebrate and share in the games.

Even now, the citizens of the city are not taking this news lightly. This week, as the news was made public of the harsh treatment of the city’s home team and its coaches, many of its citizens are bringing out the black and gold to show support for the city and its team. Where you would normally see the transformation of the city on game days, now you can see the black and gold colors being raised and worn throughout the city at all times – a sign of the city’s resilience and unbreakable spirit.

Billy Schell, of NOLA Shirts commented on the emerging trend: “When the times get rough, this city does not give up – not on its team, not on its people. We stand together – and have pride in who we are, what we have been through, and what we will continue to accomplish as a city – and while we may be punished to serve as an example to the other cities teams, you will be surprised at how the New Orleans spirit reacts – it will only get stronger and more determined. We are already seeing a huge increase in the sales of black and gold hats, shirts and the like – people here want to show that we are not going give up – and we will come back from this stronger than ever.”

NOLA Shirts continues to provide awareness for the Crescent City – through its hardships, and its celebrations. The subtle message of pride and hope have helped it to become a quiet success story in the midst of all of the turmoil, and the future continues to look brighter – both for the city, and its recovery from recent times, and for its residents – like Billy Schell, who decided that even in the worst of times, showing some civic pride and his love for the Crescent city, he would create a way to allow others to embrace New Orleans soul and spirit – with style.

About NOLA Shirts:
NOLA Shirts is the proud provider of high quality shirts, hats, and apparel embroidered with the many symbols of New Orleans spirit and soul – the Mardi Gras Crown, the famous Pelican, and the venerable Fleur De Lis. These products were designed to help others show their love of one of America’s most authentic cities, but to also represent and embody the resilient spirit of the people and culture of New Orleans. To learn more about NOLA shirts, you can visit their website at http://www.nolashirts.com – or contact Gretchen Zito, director of marketing, at (601) 955-0225.

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Embracing New Orleans Soul with Style – NOLA Shirts

NOLA Shirts LLCNEW ORLEANS, La., March 7, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — In the aftermath of the recent Mardi Gras madness that engulfs New Orleans this time of the year, one man’s hope to bring awareness to the city’s unique nature and spirit has emerged in the public eye, and caught national attention. A few days following Hurricane Katrina’s impact on the city, Billy Schell, Owner/CEO of NOLA Shirts, created a brand embroidered on high quality shirts, hats, and apparel with some of the more popular icons of the city – the Fleur De Lis, the Pelican and the Mardi Gras Crown.

He wanted the shirts and apparel to allow those who left the city, or had visited the city to show their support for the recovery, and for the spirit of the people in midst of rebuilding their lives.

He sold these products by hand, going to various local shops and store owners, asking them to join in the effort, and help him promote the idea. The idea caught on, and several local locations began carrying the apparel, along Magazine Street, and Prytania Street, as well as in Metairie. He also was happy to his shirts become a regular item at the Hilton at New Orleans Airport, a very busy location during the recovery and rebuilding process.

When the BP Horizon Deepwater oil spill disaster also struck a staggering blow to New Orleans, Billy included a new symbol in his apparel – the Pelican. This symbol, along with the national concern about the oil’s effect on the wetlands, drew more attention to the area, and NOLA Shirts became a rallying point for many peoples concern and pride in the New Orleans community. Former alumni, and past residents who had been forced to leave alike, began wearing the shirts, to show their support, and the love for the city’s unique way of life, and attitude towards the continued recovery efforts.

This became even more apparent when New Orleans resident, and political contributor for CNN, James Carville, often referred to as the “Ragin’ Cajun” appeared on John King’s television program sporting a NOLA shirt. Since then, several celebrities and supporters of the New Orleans soul and spirit have been spotted sporting the NOLA Shirts apparel – both in the city and abroad. Recently, Will Ferrell, who was in the Mardi Gras Celebration this year as King Bacchus, and Matthew McConaughey were provided with NOLA shirts apparel as an appreciation for participating in the New Orleans festivities.

“We wanted to give the people who have experience the vibrant culture and soul of the city of New Orleans a way to show support and appreciation of the New Orleans way of life. New Orleans truly is a city like no other in the United States – known for its unique architecture, laissez-faire attitude, amazing foods, and historic tradition that exist no where else,” said Billy Schell, owner of NOLA Shirts. “There is a magical aspect to New Orleans; once you have experienced it, you realize how special the city truly is – and this clothing line was setup to allow people to show their love of it.”

NOLA Shirts continues to provide awareness for the Crescent City – through its hardships, and its celebrations. The subtle message of pride and hope have helped it to become a quiet success story in the midst of all of the turmoil, and the future continues to look brighter – both for the city, and its recovery from recent times, and for its residents – like Billy Schell, who decided that even in the worst of times, showing some civic pride and his love for the Crescent city, he would create a way to allow others to embrace New Orleans soul and spirit – with style.

About NOLA Shirts LLC:
NOLA Shirts is the proud provider of high quality shirts, hats, and apparel embroidered with the many symbols of New Orleans spirit and soul – the Mardi Gras Crown, the famous Pelican, and the venerable Fleur De Lis. These products were designed to help others show their love of one of America’s most authentic cities, but to also represent and embody the resilient spirit of the people and culture of New Orleans. To learn more about NOLA shirts, you can visit their website at http://www.nolashirts.com – or contact Gretchen Zito, Marketing Director at (601) 955-0225.

No celebrity endorsement claimed or implied.

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