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6/07 2014

Running of the Bulls in Pamplona 2014

In Pamplona during San Fermin after the running of the bulls.


July 6, 2014 TO July 14, 2014




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At Noon on the 6th Day of July every year the party begins with the “Chupinazo” on the balcony of the Casa Consistorial in Pamplona, Spain where thousands gather to await the mayor’s official proclamation that the fiesta in honor of Saint Fermin is officially underway. A rocket is fired and the celebration commences. The first running of the bulls begins at precisely 8 a.m. the following morning and continues for the next 8 days. The tradition of running along with the bulls, which in actuality are headed to the bullfighting ring in Pamplona for that evening’s fights, is thought to have begun as long ago as the 14th century but it was Ernest Hemingway in his novel “The Sun Also Rises” that popularized the event outside of Spain and prompted significant numbers of foreigners to participate. The hearty souls that have chosen to run along with the bulls must be in attendance no later than 7:30 a.m. in the assigned holding area. At precisely 8:00 a rocket is fired, the pen is opened, then a second rocket is fired to warn the runners of the onslaught and the 6 fighting bulls and 2 herds of bullocks make the 825 meter sprint to the bullring along with the runners, clad in white with red handkerchiefs around their necks, all the while praying to Saint Fermin for protection. At the end of the approximately 3 minute jaunt the bulls come to the terminus of a dead end street that leads into the bull ring and 2 additional rockets are fired; one as the bulls begin to enter the ring and the 4th and final explosion when the animals have all been penned up and that day’s run is officially concluded. Some come to Pamplona just to watch the running and areas along the route are specially designated for those that wish to stand (out of harm’s way) and watch but the real thrill is to feel that adrenalin rush about which you have been dreaming when the bulls approach that part of the journey where you may be running ahead, knowing there is no way to escape from the walled in course. Hotels in Pamplona and nearby San Sebastian are booked many months in advance. If running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain belongs on your bucket list then you need to start planning the trip today. The schedule for Pamplona is: July 6th: 12noon - the opening ceremony, known as thechupinazo. 11pm - fireworks and the partying begins. This continues throughout the festival! July 7-14th: 8am - the running of the bulls takes place. 6.30pm - bullfighting in the city's bullring, with the bulls that ran that morning. 11pm: continue to party
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