One of Spain's most colourful -- and most dangerous -- traditions was acted out yesterday (Tuesday) as wild bulls chased crowds of daring merrymakers through the streets of Pamplona in North Spain.
GV Crowd dance in road
SCU Brass band passes
SCU PAN Youth drinks from flagon.
SV Statues carried through streets
SV Onlookers, one sleeping
GV Statues continue en route.
SCU Stockinged feet out of car window
SV & CU Man sleeping at beer table (2 shots)
CU Men drinking.
TGV ZOOM IN Large crowd run through street
GV Bulls pursuing crowd, one man down.
GV PAN Packed stadium
GV Bull bursts into ring and pursues crowd
GV Second bull amok in crowd and is overcome by throng.
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Background: One of Spain's most colourful -- and most dangerous -- traditions was acted out yesterday (Tuesday) as wild bulls chased crowds of daring merrymakers through the streets of Pamplona in North Spain.
The famous Pamplona bull-running is, in fact, only the start of whole week of celebrations to mark the feast of Saint Fermin. The fiesta starts annually at the seventh hour of the seventh day of the seventh month.
For citizens of, and visitors to Pamplona, the fiesta means a week of unrivalled merrymaking. Beer drinking is widespread, and a popular spot is the bar once frequented by the great author Ernest Hemingway.
The bull-running is a thrilling climax to the first day of the festival. Six young bulls are set loose in the streets of the city, providing youths with a chance to prove their bravery by running in the path of the fierce animals. Spills and injuries are frequent, but this doesn't dampen the festival spirit of the occasion.
The bulls are guided via barricades to the Pamplona bullring, where eventually they fight to their death with top Spanish matadors. But beforehand, they fight a preliminary battle with townsfolk brave enough to venture into the bullring.
The Pamplona Fiesta not only gives the normally-staid townspeople an annual chance to let off steam, but also provides a top attraction for tourists from all over the world.