July 21, 2019
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San Fermin bacchanal kicks off in Spain

People attend the traditional firing of the 'chupinazo' that marks the beginning of the Festival of San Fermin 2019 at City Hall Square in Pamplona, Spain.

The firing of a rocket from the City Hall's balcony at midday signals the beginning of the event.

The festival, locally known as Sanfermines, is held annually from July 6-14 in commemoration of the city's patron saint.

Hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world attend the fiesta.

Many of them physically participate in the highlight event - the running of the bulls, or "encierro" - where they attempt to outrun the bulls along a route through the narrow streets of the old city.

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