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Spain's Running with the Bulls Festival

Spain shrugged off its economic woes Tuesday with tens of thousands of Spaniards and foreigners jamming a historic city plaza to launch the famed San Fermin bull-running festival.

Into the Bullring

July 9: Revelers run next to a Fuente Ymbro ranch fighting bulls into the bullring at the end of the third run of the San Fermin fiestas on Friday, in Pamplona, Spain. 

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Third Run

July 9: Revelers run next to a Fuente Ymbro ranch fighting bulls into the bullring at the end of the third run of the San Fermin fiestas on Friday, in Pamplona, Spain.

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Fuente Ymbro Ranch

July 9: A reveler runs in front of a Fuente Ymbro ranch fighting bulls during the San Fermin fiestas on Friday, in Pamplona, Spain. 

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Climbing the Fence

July 9: A reveler climbs a fence as a Fuente Ymbro ranch fighting bull runs towards him during the San Fermin fiestas on Friday, in Pamplona, Spain. 

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Gored by the Bulls

July 8: A reveler runs, left, as another one falls after being gored, right, by Cebada Gago ranch fighting bulls during the San Fermin fiestas on Thursday in Pamplona, Spain.

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In the Bullring

July 8: Revelers look as a calf jumps over people laying on the ground at the bullring after the bull run during the San Fermin fiestas on Thursday in Pamplona, Spain.

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Bullseye

July 8: A reveler is hit by a calf in the bullring after the bull run during the San Fermin fiestas on Thursday in Pamplona, Spain.

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Gored by the Bulls

July 8: A reveler is hit by a calf in the bullring after the bull run during the San Fermin fiestas on Thursday in Pamplona, Spain.

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Man Down

July 8: A reveler lays on the ground after being gored by Cebada Gago ranch fighting bulls during the San Fermin fiestas on Thursday in Pamplona, Spain.

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Being Bullied

July 8: A tamed bull falls on top of a reveler, right, as a Cebada Gago ranch fighting bulls, left, runs towards them during the San Fermin fiestas on Thursday in Pamplona, Spain.

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Medical Assistance

July 8: Spanish Red Cross personnel carry a reveler after being gored by Cebada Gago ranch fighting bulls during the San Fermin fiestas on Thursday in Pamplona, Spain.

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Soccer During San Fermin

July 7: Revelers of the San Fermin Fiesta react to members of a radical group who tried to interrupt the TV transmission during the South Africa World Soccer tournament semi final match between Spain and Germany at Plaza del Castillo Square in Pamplona, Spain on Wednesday. Spain defeated Germany 1-0 and will face the Netherlands in the final.

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Bull Fighting

July 7: Spanish bullfighter Diego Urdiales makes a pass to Penajara ranch bull during the first bullfight of the San Fermin fiestas on Wednesday in Pamplona, Spain.

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Starting the Bullfights

July 7: A picador enters the bullring at the start of the first bullfight of the San Fermin fiestas on Wednesday in Pamplona, Spain.

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Saint Fermin's Day

July 7: A statue of Saint Fermin, center, is carried during a procession on the saint's day in Pamplona, Spain onWednesday. The fiestas 'Los San Fermines' held since 1591, attract tens of thousands of foreign visitors each year for nine days of revelry, morning bull-runs and afternoon bullfights.

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San Fermin Fiestas

July 7: Revelers run next to Penajara ranch fighting bulls on Estafeta street during the San Fermin fiestas on Wednesday in Pamplona, Spain.

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Running From the Bulls

July 7: Revelers run next to Penajara ranch fighting bulls during the San Fermin fiestas on Wednesday in Pamplona, Spain. 

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Next to the Bulls

July 7: Revelers run next by Penajara ranch fighting bulls during the San Fermin fiestas on Wednesday in Pamplona, Spain. 

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The Bulls are Coming

July 7: Revelers run followed by Penajara ranch fighting bulls, not in picture, during the San Fermin fiestas on Wednesday in Pamplona, Spain. 

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"Stepped On"

July 7th: Revelers are stepped over by Penajara ranch fighting bulls during the San Fermin festival on Wednesday in Pamplona, Spain.

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Balcony View

July 7: A person takes photos from a balcony, right, as revelers run next to Penajara ranch fighting bulls on Estafeta street during the San Fermin fiestas on Wednesday in Pamplona, Spain. 

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The 'Chupinazo'

July 6: Revelers enjoy themselves during the 'Chupinazo', the official opening of the San Fermin fiestas in Pamplona, Spain on Tuesday.

The fiestas 'Los San Fermines' held since 1591, attracts tens of thousands of foreign visitors each year for nine days of revelry, morning bull-runs and afternoon bullfights.

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Band in the 'Chupinazo'

July 6: A band parades during the 'Chupinazo', the official opening of the 2010 San Fermin fiestas, on Tuesday in Pamplona, Spain. 

The fiestas 'Los San Fermines' held since 1591, attracts tens of thousands of foreign visitors each year for nine days of revelry, morning bull-runs and afternoon bullfights.

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Band in the 'Chupinazo'

July 6: A band parades during the 'Chupinazo', the official opening of the 2010 San Fermin fiestas, on Tuesday in Pamplona, Spain.

The fiestas 'Los San Fermines' held since 1591, attracts tens of thousands of foreign visitors each year for nine days of revelry, morning bull-runs and afternoon bullfights.

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In the Air

July 6: Revelers throw one of their own into the air, during the 'Chupinazo', the official opening of the San Fermin fiestas in Pamplona, northern Spain, Tuesday. 

The fiestas 'Los San Fermines' held since 1591, attracts tens of thousands of foreign visitors each year for nine days of revelry, morning bull-runs and afternoon bullfights.

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Drinking Wine

July 6: A reveler drinks wine during the 'Chupinazo', the official opening of the 2010 San Fermin fiestas on Tuesday in Pamplona, Spain.

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Sprayed with Wine

July 6: A woman is sprayed with wine as she shows her bikini during the 'Chupinazo', the official opening of the 2010 San Fermin fiestas on Tuesday in Pamplona, Spain.

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'Enjoy the Fiesta'

July 5: Workers put up a sign reading 'Enjoy the Fiesta' prior to the start of the nine day famous San Fermin festival beginning tomorrow in Pamplona northern Spain, Monday. 

Hordes of people are gearing up to sprint just ahead of thundering beasts in this city's historic old quarter, but Spain's famed running of the bulls is overshadowed this year by a vote to ban bullfighting in a populous province and a debt crisis forcing villages nationwide to cancel subsidized pueblo parties known for their wine, food, live music and bullfights.

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Traditional Red Neckties

July 6: Revelers hold up traditional red neckties during the 'Chupinazo', the official opening of the San Fermin fiestas in Pamplona, northern Spain, Tuesday, July 6, 2010. 

The fiestas 'Los San Fermines' held since 1591, attracts tens of thousands of foreign visitors each year for nine days of revelry, morning bull-runs and afternoon bullfights.

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Sprayed with Wine

July 6: A woman is sprayed with wine during the 'Chupinazo', the official opening of the 2010 San Fermin fiestas on Tuesday in Pamplona, Spain.

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City Hall

July 6: Revelers hold up traditional red neckties from the balcony at the City Hall during the 'Chupinazo', the official opening of the San Fermin fiestas Tuesday in Pamplona, Spain. 

The fiestas 'Los San Fermines' held since 1591, attracts tens of thousands of foreign visitors each year for nine days of revelry, morning bull-runs and afternoon bullfights.

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Pouring Water

July 6: Water is poured on revelers, from the balconies during the 'Chupinazo', the official opening of the 2010 San Fermin fiestas on Tuesday in Pamplona, Spain. 

The fiestas 'Los San Fermines' held since 1591, attracts tens of thousands of foreign visitors each year for nine days of revelry, morning bull-runs and afternoon bullfights.

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Crowd Surfing

July 6: Revelers enjoy during the 'Chupinazo', the official opening of the San Fermin fiestas in Pamplona, Spain on Tuesday. 

The fiestas 'Los San Fermines' held since 1591, attracts tens of thousands of foreign visitors each year for nine days of revelry, morning bull-runs and afternoon bullfights.

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Crowd Surfing

July 6: A woman is held up by revelers, during the 'Chupinazo', the official opening of the 2010 San Fermin fiestas on Tuesday in Pamplona, Spain. 

The fiestas 'Los San Fermines' held since 1591, attracts tens of thousands of foreign visitors each year for nine days of revelry, morning bull-runs and afternoon bullfights.

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In the Crowd

July 6: Revelers react, during the 'Chupinazo', the official opening of the San Fermin fiestas in Pamplona, Spain on Tuesday.

The fiestas 'Los San Fermines' held since 1591, attracts tens of thousands of foreign visitors each year for nine days of revelry, morning bull-runs and afternoon bullfights. 

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In the Crowd

July 6:Revelers enjoy the 'Chupinazo', the official opening of the San Fermin fiestas in Pamplona,  Spain on Tuesday.

The fiestas 'Los San Fermines' held since 1591, attracts tens of thousands of foreign visitors each year for nine days of revelry, morning bull-runs and afternoon bullfights.

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Pouring Water

July 6: Revelers react as water is thrown from a balcony during the 'Chupinazo', the official opening of the San Fermin fiestas on Tuesday in Pamplona, Spain. 

The fiestas 'Los San Fermines' held since 1591, attracts tens of thousands of foreign visitors each year for nine days of revelry, morning bull-runs and afternoon bullfights.

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Consistorial Square

July 6: A reveler, right, looks over the crowd at Consistorial square during the 'Chupinazo', the official opening of the 2010 San Fermin fiestas on Tuesday in Pamplona, Spain.

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Police Force

July 6: Police try to confiscate a large Basque flag during the 'Chupinazo', the official opening of the 2010 San Fermin fiestas on Tuesday in Pamplona, Spain. 

The fiestas 'Los San Fermines' held since 1591, attracts tens of thousands of foreign visitors each year for nine days of revelry, morning bull-runs and afternoon bullfights.

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Police Force

July 6: A policeman, left, punches a reveler while trying to confiscate a large Basque flag during the 'Chupinazo', the official opening of the 2010 San Fermin fiestas on Tuesday in Pamplona, Spain. 

The fiestas 'Los San Fermines' held since 1591, attracts tens of thousands of foreign visitors each year for nine days of revelry, morning bull-runs and afternoon bullfights.

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Protesting Bullfighting

July 4: Animal rights activists protest against bullfighting on Sunday, covering their bodies with red and black coloring and forming the shape of a bull during a protest prior to the start of the nine-day San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, northern Spain.

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Spain's Running with the Bulls Festival

Spain shrugged off its economic woes Tuesday with tens of thousands of Spaniards and foreigners jamming a historic city plaza to launch the famed San Fermin bull-running festival.

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