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Friday, July 8, 2011

Fiesta San Fermin: The Running of the Bulls

Festival of San Fermin - La Fiesta de San Fermin

Colour, excitement, culture, religion, history, bloodshed
There's more action there than a Bruce Willis movie.

The most famous running of the bulls is that of the seven-day festival of Sanfermines in honour of San Fermine in Pamplona, although they are held in towns and villages across Spain, Portugal and in some cities in Mexico and southern France during the summer. Unlike bullfights, which are performed by professionals, anyone may participate in an encierro('Running of the Bulls' in Spanish)

One of Spain's most exciting and colourful festivals. It has the fun, the adventure and the abandon that thrills. 

Revelers run with the bulls at the Fista San Fermin

Crowds surge at the Fiesta San Fermin


Run for your lives - seems to be the catch phrase for this festival


The runners start well ahead of the bulls and try to keep up with the animals

People celebrate the 'Running Of The Bulls'.Fun, adventure and then the celebrations





The event 

Before the running of the bulls, a set of wooden or iron barricades is erected to direct the bulls along the route and to block off side streets(length of the run is 826 meters (903 yards)). There may be a double row of barricades along the route to allow runners to quickly exit in case of danger. The gaps in the barricades are wide enough for a person to slip through, but narrow enough to block a bull

Injuries and Fatalities

 Every year, between 200 and 300 people are injured during the run although most injuries are contusions due to falls and are not serious


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