Only the biggest little Red Dress Run in the world - right here in the Crescent City

The Red Dress party may be over, but we are sure that people will remember the good times for months to come. Bourbon Street was a sea of red from one end to the other - boy would that have made a great shot from a helicopter. Wherever you go on the Internet you find pictures from the RDR - people with bright red dresses and smiling faces - that’s what makes this event a success for us. That means a lot since the New Orleans Red Dress Run (walk, stroll, crawl, whatever) is the largest in the world no matter how you measure it - over 7,000 registered participants - over 250 kegs of beer. It takes a lot of work to make it happen, but it really is worth it when it comes off so well. Lots of other elements came together to make it great - nearly perfect weather - great music from Blackened Blues and the Boogiemen - yummy food with almost no waiting in line, thanks to Corky’s. This one is going to be hard to top, but come around in 2011 and watch us do just that!

We’ve barely got the trucks unloaded and everything put away, but we are already working on the best part of the Red Dress Fest - giving the money away to New Orleans charities.  Just as soon as the last bills are in we will be able to tell you how much, but we can tell you it is going to be even more than last year. In the next couple of days we will have grant applications online and when that is up and working you can find the application and guidelines linked here.

Another thing that everyone liked is a chance to see all of the great pictures from Red Dress Week, including the Red Skirt Run on Monday, the Pre-Lube on Friday, the Big Red Saturday, and the Hangover Hash on Sunday. If you have any images posted online that you would like to share, just email us at and give us the link and we will add it to our directory of Red Dress images on the Internet.

So, if you had a great time and want to know more about the crazy group of hashers that put this on, why not come out and hash with us. Just click the link to the Calendar at the top of the page and find out where we will be hashing next Monday. All you have to do is show up, bring a few bucks to cover beer and maybe food, wear comfortable running clothes and some old shoes (or wear new ones and see what happens). We’d be happy to have you with us.

Want to know more about hashing but aren’t in the New Orleans area? All you have to do is Google ‘Hash House Harriers” and your closest city and odds are good you will find a great bunch of new friends there, too.  Tell them NOH3 sent ya.

You never know who you’ll meet at the New Orleans Red Dress Run.

You never know who you’ll meet at the New Orleans Red Dress Run.

"Mardi Gras, Halloween, the Red Dress Run, the Moms Ball; to say nothing of Southern Decadence and the Bourbon Street Awards; it all makes for what I’d be willing venture that New Orleans has more men per capita who own dresses than anywhere else in America. (I’m not counting places like the Middle East and all that, where the dudes where dressy-kind of clothes every day.)"

2009 Red Dress Run Press Release

The 2009 New Orleans Red Dress Run Donates $92,000 To Local Organizations

The 2009 New Orleans Red Dress Run Volunteer Committee, a part of the New Orleans Hash House Harriers, recently chose 31 different local organizations to receive an average of about $3,000 dollars each, totaling $92,000. All funds were raised by hosting The 2009 New Orleans Red Dress Run.

Over 50 organizations applied for grants. The organizations chosen picked up their checks at the Volunteer Appreciation/Grant Distribution Party held at 3 Ring Circus.

Susan Bergson, Red Dress Run Coordinator said, “We always say giving away the money is just an excuse to drink beer and act silly, but the volunteer and grant party truly is the highlight of our year.”

The following organizations received proceeds from the event:

  • Dawn Busters Kiwanis Club’s Kiwanis Accelerated Reader Project
  • Louisiana Pulmonary Disease Camp Incorporated (LPDCI)’s Camp Pelican Expenses
  • WRBH Radio for the Blind and Print Handicapped’s Computer upgrade in WRBH Recording Studio
  • Camp Challenge Inc.’s Camp Challenge Scholarships
  • Magnolia School’s 75 Years In The Community Event
  • Roots of Music, Inc.’s The Roots of Music
  • New Heights Therapeutic Riding’s Scholarships for Riders
  • Parkway Partners Program’s ReLeaf New Orleans
  • The Lighthouse for the Blind’s Lighthouse Summer Day Camp
  • Southern Animal Foundation’s Spay NOLA
  • Visiting Pet Program’s Photo Copier
  • Project Lazarus’ Personal Empowerment – Optimum Wellness through Nutritional Management
  • Mid-City Volleyball Group’s Permanent Location/Youth Volleyball Clinics
  • NO/AIDS Task Force’s Food For Friends Program
  • Drop-In Clinic, dba, The Administrators of The Tulane Educational Fund’s New Orleans Syringe Access Program
  • Jefferson Playground - Booster Club’s KaBOOM!
  • Playworks: Education Energized’s Healthy Play for New Orleans Public School Children
  • Laurel Elementary School Of Technology’s The LA4 Preschool Program at Laurel Elementary
  • The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living’s New Orleans Smoke-Free Block Party
  • Family Service of Greater New Orleans’ Mental Health Counseling Program
  • MotherShip Foundation’s Jeff Davis Play Spots
  • French Quarter Festivals, Inc.’s French Quarter Festival Police Detail Sponsorship
  • Audubon Nature Institute’s A New Level of Clean for Woldenberg Riverfront Park Initiative
  • Mary Lou Merigoni’s Liver Transplant due to Wilson’s Disease
  • Friends In Need Foundation’s Medical Equipment for Johnny Gray

Volunteers from the following organizations helped serve a full barbecue meal, pizza, beer and water to participants:

St. Christopher’s Men’s Club

The Dawn Busters Kiwanis Club

Young Leadership Council

CAGNO Tom Sawyer Run

This year’s run was the largest New Orleans Red Dress Run ever, and perhaps the largest Red Dress Run anywhere ever, with over 5,500 paid runners. Participants come from across the country and stay for the weekend. The New Orleans Red Dress Run is even on the radar of local hotels now who offer discounts to participants.

After a rainy start from Ernst Cafe, runners, walkers and stragglers loosely followed a route that included The Howlin’ Wolf, Bourbon Cowboy, Jester Mardi Gras Daiquiris, Good Friends Bar, Cafe Lafitte in Exile, Napoleon’s Itch, and a well deserved jello shot stop at Woldenberg Park on the river.

Pre-run entertainment was provided by The Blackened Blues Band and post-run was taken over by Bag of Donuts.

Although it’s a lot of hard work to put on such a large event, it is worth it to the organizers. As Danny Colletta, Grand Master of New Orleans Hash House Harriers, says, “It is very rewarding to be able to donate so much money to many organizations in the New Orleans area that do so much for our community by having the Red Dress Run which is put on by the New Orleans Hash House Harriers. It is a great feeling to be able to help so many people in need. I am so glad to be part of something that helps so many.”

For more information about The New Orleans Red Dress Run visit For more information on New Orleans Hash House Harriers visit

Join us in the second weekend in August 2010 for the New Orleans Red Dress Run which promises to be bigger and better than ever, with a few twists thrown in. Red Dress mandatory.

Grant Application

The grant application process has ended for 2009. We’re pleased and saddened at the same time that we’ve received more applications than we can fund.

Please check back soon to see which ones have been chosen.