Pamplona party kicks off

21:23, Jul 07 2014
Pamplona 2014
People cheer after hearing the midday Chupinazo rocket announcing the start of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona.
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A woman is thrown in the air before the midday Chupinazo rocket is sounded, announcing the start of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona.
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Runners sprint in front of Torrestrella fighting bulls at the entrance to the bullring during the first running of the bulls.
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People reach out to a statue of San Fermin from balconies on the saint's day of the festival.
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People wearing plastic bottoms await a statue of San Fermin on the saint's day at the San Fermin festival.
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The statue dating from the fifteenth century is paraded through the streets of the town in honour of the patron saint of Navarra and first bishop of Pamplona, and "Jotas" are sung and played in his honour.
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A woman gets crushed as thousands of revellers sing and dance during the opening and the firing of the 'Chupinazo' rocket which starts the 2014 Festival of the San Fermin Running of the Bulls.
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Revellers hold up their red handkerchiefs during the first day of the festival.
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Revellers hold up their red handkerchiefs during the first day of the festival.
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Revellers cheer from their balcony.
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Festival-goers are soaked in water and wine thrown from balconies.
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The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway entitled 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the daily running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona to the bull ring.
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Revellers stand on balconies watching the opening and the firing of the 'Chupinazo' rocket.
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Revellers run with Torrestrella's fighting bulls along the Calle Estafeta.
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A kiliki scares a little girl during the Comparsa de Gigantes y Cabezudos 'Giants and Big Heads parade' during the second day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festiva.
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It is a bit scary.

Four people have already been hospitalised as the first day of Spain's San Fermin bull run kicks off.

This daily race through the narrow, cobbled streets of Pamplona forms part of the northern city's week-long festival.

The bull run at San Fermin - made famous by Ernest Hemingway in his novel "The Sun Also Rises" - is one of hundreds in Spain every year and attracts large numbers of foreign visitors.

One runner was gored in the thigh while the other three suffered fractures during the race against five bulls which lasted 2 minutes and 25 seconds, according to the Red Cross.

Runners dress in white with red neckerchiefs and many spectators stay up drinking all night in bars beforehand.

The Pamplona run takes place every morning for one week in July.

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Reuters