Large crowds with red handkerchiefs descended on Pamplona, Spain, Wednesday for the start of the annual San Fermin festival commonly known as the Running of the Bulls, according to www.ibtimes.com.
The annual fiestas attract approximately 1 million tourists each year as revelers douse themselves in wine and sing and dance in the city`s narrow cobblestone streets. Also known as the Encierro, the festival runs from July 6 to July 14 this year.
The festivities kicked with the launch of a firework rocket called the “Chupinazo”. Starting Thursday, the first of eight bull runs, also known as “encierros,” will begin at 8:00 a.m. local time. People brave Pamplona`s narrow streets racing with six bulls for 930-yards until they reach the city`s famous bull ring. Once the bulls arrive at the ring, they face off against matadors.