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Revellers kick off Spain's Pamplona bull run festival

A red-and-white ocean of revellers packed the Spanish city of Pamplona on Saturday to launch the San Fermin festival, a nine-day mix of partying and fleeing huge, sharp-horned fighting bulls. The alcohol-soaked bedlam sets off at noon (1000 GMT) with a traditional shout from the balcony of city hall of "Viva San Fermin!" and the launch of a rocket known as the "chupinazo".

Spain's Pamplona bull run festival set to kick off

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.
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