Man holding an umbrella and wearing a button covered suit at Fiesta De San Fermin or San Fermin Festival parade. in Pamplona, Spain.
Blending of characters is a phenomenon in this enormous party. Loud, booming bands and huge pirouetting "Giganti" lead parades of people bouncing through spectator packed streets. People gather here forming an unrestrained human circus with a cross section of society, contrasting from city officials to reckless characters unique to this fiesta.
The Running of the Bulls is the single most characteristic event of the Fiesta of San Fermin. This is the event which has given the Fiesta world-wide fame. It is held at eight o'clock each morning from the 7th to the 14th of July inclusive. It consists largely of young men, although it admits all types, who run in front of the bulls to lead them from their pen up and into the bull-ring. It usually lasts from two to three minutes - although if there are complications due to loose bulls it can last much longer.
The length of the run is some 800 metres (about half a mile) and you don’t have to sign up anywhere to take part; you just enter into the run and choose the street where you will run and try to do as best as you can.
El Encierro or Running of The Bulls, Fiesta De San Fermin, Pamplona, Navarra, Spain.