The actual running of the bulls involves hundreds of people running in front of six bulls and another six steers, down an 825-metre (0.51 mile) stretch of narrow streets of a section of the old town of Pamplona. Yes, you know the scene; you have seen it on the news every July with mad Spaniards and tourists running through the streets trying to get out of the way of these rampant bulls.
The encierro is an experience even just for spectators and is a spectacle that is defined by the level of risk and the physical ability of the runners. The encierro is run each morning at 8am between 6 and 14 July and is one of the highlights of the entire San Fermin festival.
The actual festival starts at noon on 6 July with the setting off a fire cracker (chupinazo in Spanish) from a city hall balcony. There are literally tens-of-thousands of people celebrating the start of the festival around the city hall square.
The 15th-century statue of Saint Fermin is accompanied by thousands of people through the old part of the town on 7 July.
Each morning of the festival there is the parade of giants and big heads. These giants figures are amazingly more than 150 years old.
There is a bullfight at 6:30pm each evening between 7 and 14 July. While the bullring of the city is the fourth largest in the world, it is full every evening and involves the six bulls that were driven to the bullring during the morning's Bull Run.
Every night a firework spectacle is held at the citadel park. Thousands of people watch the fireworks each night. It is best to get to the area early to get a good seat somewhere on the grass around the citadel.
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