Bull Dodging Anyone?

Posted on Thursday, July 02, 2009

Every year between July 6th and July 14th, thrill seekers head to Pamplona during the San Remin Fiesta, where 6 bulls are released from the Coralillos de Santo Domingo over an 8 40  meter course of mayhem through 4 streets of the old part of the village. The festival is best known for the chance to run from the bulls (notice that I didn’t say "Run With" as  it's safe to assume you would be running as fast as you can to stay well in front of them. (LOL)!  

How do you participate in this magnificent event, you ask? Simple! You have to be at the Plaza de Santo Domingo by 7:30am. At 8 am, 2 rockets are fired… The first rocket declares that the bulls have been let loose and the second rocket lets you know that they’re all out HOT ON YOUR HEELS!!! Runners dress in the traditional clothing of the festival which consists of white shirt and trousers with a red waistband and neckerchief. In one hand, they hold the day's newspaper rolled to draw the bulls' attention from them if necessary.  As you can imagine, hundreds are injured each year during the run, with 14 fatalities since 1910.

Saint Fermín was a Pamplona bishop who travelled far and wide converting people to Christianity. The locals have honored him with a festival in his name. The red bandana & sash are in memory of the blood shed by the martyred Saint.

In various areas of Spain, between the months of March and October, you can watch bullfights. Due to animal cruelty, I have no doubt that bullfighting will eventually be outlawed, and the Fiesta de San Fermin will have to change.  

Written by: B Brage

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