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Spain: Pamplona revels at pre bull-run party00:53

Spain: Pamplona revels at pre bull-run party

Spain, Pamplona
July 6, 2013 at 18:03 GMT +00:00 · Published

Spain: Pamplona revels at pre bull-run party

The annual nine-day festival of San Fermin kicked off in Pamplona, Spain on Saturday with a large street party. Festival goers dressed in traditional white and red outfits and celebrated in preparation for the famous bull run, which will take place on Sunday July 7. The opening of the festival is marked by setting off a rocket at 12 noon on July 6.

Tourists from around the world including Australia, New Zealand and the USA joined the festivities by drinking wine and jumping off a statue into the crowd.

The festival, dating back to 1910, sees a herd of bulls chase thrillseekers around Pamplona's sealed-off backstreets, as a baying crowd wills them on. Hundreds are injured in the run, though fatalities are rare. The bulls on the other hand are stabbed and speared to death by matadors at the run's end-point - the ring. The bulls are then ceremoniously dragged around the arena, leaving a trail of blood in their wake.

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Spain: Pamplona revels at pre bull-run party

The annual nine-day festival of San Fermin kicked off in Pamplona, Spain on Saturday with a large street party. Festival goers dressed in traditional white and red outfits and celebrated in preparation for the famous bull run, which will take place on Sunday July 7. The opening of the festival is marked by setting off a rocket at 12 noon on July 6.

Tourists from around the world including Australia, New Zealand and the USA joined the festivities by drinking wine and jumping off a statue into the crowd.

The festival, dating back to 1910, sees a herd of bulls chase thrillseekers around Pamplona's sealed-off backstreets, as a baying crowd wills them on. Hundreds are injured in the run, though fatalities are rare. The bulls on the other hand are stabbed and speared to death by matadors at the run's end-point - the ring. The bulls are then ceremoniously dragged around the arena, leaving a trail of blood in their wake.