Agence France-PresseJuly 5, 2013 22:32
Spain's best-known fiesta, San Fermin, a nine-day mix of round-the-clock drinking, religious processions and running ahead of a pack of sharp-horned charging bulls, kicks off Saturday in the northern city of Pamplona.
The bedlam gets underway at noon (1000 GMT) with the traditional shout from the balcony of city hall of "Viva San Fermin!" and the launch of a rocket known as the "chupinazo".
After the rocket goes off, partygoers from around the world spray anyone around them with cheap wine, sangria and cava and break into dance and song.