Monday 11 December 2017

It's a squeeze... and the bull runs haven't begun

Tens of thousands of revellers showered each other with wine yesterday as the blast of a small rocket signalled the start of the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

People from around the world, many wearing the traditional red handkerchief and white shirt and pants, roared their approval as an official declared the San Fermin festival under way.

The first of eight runs in which daredevils dash through the streets with six powerful fighting bulls begins today. Since record keeping began in 1924, 15 people have been killed by bulls in the festival runs.

The party honouring San Fermin, the patron saint of Pamplona, was immortalised in Ernest Hemingway's 'The Sun Also Rises'.

Irish Independent

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