Starboard to host 17th Annual Running of The Bull July 13

Garrett Walsh and Chris Williams, as the bull, battle an Elvis impersonator at the 16th annual Running of the Bull. BY KARA NUZBACK
July 9, 2013

The 17th Annual Running of the Bull, Starboard's version of the annual Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain, will take place Saturday, July 13, in Dewey Beach.

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The event kicks off at 9 a.m. on the New Orleans street beach with the second annual kids’ Running of The Bull beach party hosted by The Starboard Restaurant, Alley Oop, and The Dewey Business Partnership. Children of all ages are invited to enjoy DJs, mascots and dancing for kids from 9 to 10 a.m..

The adult version of The Running of The Bull begins at noon, and the bull makes his official run at 2 p.m. The event benefits the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Department and Dewey Beach Police Department.

Thousands are expected to turn out dressed in traditional Pamplona running of the bull gear, which includes white clothing and red bandanas. The crowd, with bull in tow, will make its way across Highway 1 with great ceremony and make their way to Houston Street where the run kicks into high gear.

The bull, comprised of two people in costume, will make its way to the shoreline and pursue the crowd as they make their way back to The Starboard. At the Starboard, the bull has its showdown with the matador. One will emerge victorious, but no bulls or matadors will actually be hurt in the process.

The event continues to grow every year, raising more than $40,000 in donations to local organizations in years past. Says Steve Montgomery, owner of the Starboard, “This event is some of what the world could use more of, a silly day at the beach with plenty of laughs, happy faces, and even a little exercise as they hit the beach!”

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