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Photo Essay: San Fermin - A Fiesta Of Bull Runs, Splash Of Blood And Revelry

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| July 26 , 2015 , 17:00 IST
For some, the day at Pamplona's San Fermin festival begins with an adrenalin-pumping bull run through narrow streets. For others, the runs are the exhilarating climax to an all-night street-party. Revelers from around the world arrive to Pamplona every year to take part in the eight days of the running of the bulls. With the launching of the "chupinazo" firework rocket July 6, Pamplona erupts into a nine-day, non-stop festival that attracts tens of thousands of tourists from around Spain and the world each year. Many come to test their bravery and speed by dashing with six fighting bulls along a narrow 930-yard (850-meter) course from a holding pen to the city's bullring. The bulls are killed by professional matadors in bullfights each afternoon of the festival. Ten people, including four Americans, were gored in this year's festival in Pamplona, but no one was killed. Dozens were injured in falls — or by being trampled by beasts or fellow runners — during the two-minute sprints. Fifteen people have died from gorings since 1924. The festival, named after the northern city's patron saint, dates back to the late 16th century. It was immortalized in Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises."
Pamplona’s San Fermin Festival
[caption id="attachment_92041" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] (Photo: AP)[/caption] In this Wednesday, July 8, 2015 photo, revelers run chased by 'El Tajo y La Reina' ranch fighting bulls as they turn Estafeta corner during a running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain.  
Messy Party In Pamplona
[caption id="attachment_92080" align="aligncenter" width="770"] (Photo: AP)[/caption] In this Monday, July 6, 2015 photo, revelers cool off with water throwing from a balcony during the launch of the ‘Chupinazo’ rocket, to celebrate the official opening of the 2015 San Fermin Fiestas, in Pamplona, northern Spain. Revelers from around the world kick off the festival with a messy party in the Pamplona town square, one day before the first of eight days of the running of the bulls glorified by Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel “The Sun Also Rises.
Launch Of ' Chupinazo' Rocket
[caption id="attachment_92094" align="aligncenter" width="770"] (Photo: AP)[/caption] In this Monday, July 6, 2015 photo, revelers hold up traditional red neckties during the launch of the ‘Chupinazo’ rocket, to celebrate the official opening of the 2015 San Fermin fiestas in Pamplona, Spain.  
Opening Of The San Fermin Fiestas.
[caption id="attachment_92098" align="aligncenter" width="770"] (Photo: AP)[/caption] In this Monday, July 6, 2015 photo, revelers open their mouthes as they wait to cool off with water thrown from a balcony to celebrate the official opening of the 2015 San Fermin Fiestas, in Pamplona, northern Spain.
Running Of The Bulls.
[caption id="attachment_92100" align="aligncenter" width="770"] (Photo: AP)[/caption]  
Revelers Run Alongside The Bulls.
[caption id="attachment_92253" align="aligncenter" width="770"] (Photo: AP)[/caption] In this Tuesday, July 14, 2015 photo, revelers run alongside Miura’s ranch fighting bulls during the daily morning running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain.  
A Flaming Fake Bull.
[caption id="attachment_92107" align="aligncenter" width="770"] (Photo: AP)[/caption]   A Participant Running In Front A Fighting Bull [caption id="attachment_92111" align="aligncenter" width="770"] (Photo: AP)[/caption]
Participants Enjoy The Water Showers.
[caption id="attachment_92268" align="aligncenter" width="770"] (Photo: AP)[/caption] In this Monday, July 6, 2015 photo, revelers are sprayed with water as they celebrate during the launch of the ‘Chupinazo’ rocket, to celebrate the official opening of the 2015 San Fermin fiestas in Pamplona, Spain.  
Spanish Bullfighter Juan Padilla Performs At The Ranch.
[caption id="attachment_92118" align="aligncenter" width="770"] (Photo: AP)[/caption] In this Monday, July 13, 2015 photo, Spanish bullfighter Juan Jose Padilla performs with a Garcigrande ranch fighting bull during a bullfight of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain.
A Dead Bull Being Carried After The Bull Fight.
[caption id="attachment_92119" align="aligncenter" width="770"] (Photo: AP)[/caption] In this Wednesday, July 8, 2015 photo, workers carry a dead bull during a bullfight of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain.  
Participants Resting After Running With The Bulls.
[caption id="attachment_92122" align="aligncenter" width="770"] (Photo: AP)[/caption] In this Tuesday, July 7, 2015 photo, revelers with their clothes covered on wine rest during the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain.
French Bullfighter Performing At The Festival.
[caption id="attachment_92125" align="aligncenter" width="770"] (Photo: AP)[/caption] In this Thursday, July 9, 2015 photo, French bullfighter Sebastian Castella performs with a Victoriano del Rio ranch fighting bull during a bullfight of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain.
Bull Fighting Competition At The Ranch In Pamplona.
[caption id="attachment_92283" align="aligncenter" width="770"] (Photo: AP)[/caption] In this Saturday, July 11, 2015 photo, a recortador jumps over a bull during a competition at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain.    

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