On July 6, in the Spanish city of Pamplona, the festival of Saint Fermina started, which became famous not only in the country itself, but also abroad thanks to the "ensierro" - the run of bulls along the city streets. The festival, which lasts nine days and nine nights, attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world who come to watch the traditional race, and desperate daredevils even take a direct part in it.
On the opening day of the festival, a huge crowd of people gathers in the square, waiting for the city's mayor to officially announce the start of the event. The start is given and the flock of bulls is released for the traditional run. The bulls begin to run from the San Domingo paddock, where they are kept, along the streets of the city to the arena, where battles take place in the afternoon. The distance of the run is 825 meters, and the average duration from start to finish takes 3 minutes. Every day a flock of six bulls runs through the streets of the city. Tourists and residents of the city who are directly involved in the race are dressed in white suits with red scarves tied around their necks. The most dangerous section of the path is considered the last 280 meters in front of the arena; this is an open area where people simply have nowhere to hide from their pursuers, and you can only fight back and defend yourself from angry animals with a newspaper rolled into a tube.
For many years, the Festival of Saint Fermin, which is more than 400 years old, has been accompanied by musical performances, dancing, fireworks, mask parades, bullfights and fairs that will last until July 14. It is worth noting that such an event is not complete without human casualties. Deaths and injuries from a collision with a bull are recorded annually. But this does not stop the most courageous and reckless participants who rely on luck.
Together with the Festival of Saint Fermin, protests of animal advocates PETA and Animas Naturalis are held, which are covered with red paint resembling blood, and lie in the square, demanding a ban on bullfighting and an end to the barbaric treatment of animals.