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- Posted:Tuesday, April 3, 2012
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The Pamplona Bull Run, or the festival of San Fermin as it is known locally, draws crowds from all over the world to witness and partake in the famous Bull Run in Pamplona, Spain.
July 6th marks the opening of the festival at 12 noon with the opening ceremony known as ‘chupinazo’. Here the mayor officially announces that the festival has begun from the balcony of the Casa Consistorial. A rocket is launched and this starts the celebrations.
The ‘Bull Run’ part of the festival takes place in the morning at 8am and if you want to partake then you must be in the running area for 7.30am. The run is roughly 825 metres and takes about 3 minutes to complete. It takes places around the streets of Pamplona which have been closed off to avoid any escaping bulls. Six bulls are let free on the run as well as two herds of bullocks. Runners in the Pamplona Bull Run are recognised as they must wear all white with a red handkerchief around their necks.
If you don’t want to take part in the actual bull running part then you can watch the morning race behind fences along the route. Another great way of watching the ‘Bull Run’ is from a balcony or terrace of one of the buildings along the route. The run is followed by a bullfight in the arena and parties that continue long into the night.