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Thousands Gather in Spain for Famous Bull-Running Festival

July 6: Thousands gathered in Spain for the start of Spain's most famous bull-running festival.

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Tens of thousands of people packed Pamplona's main square in Pamplona, Spain Wednesday July 6, 2011 to celebrate the start of Spain's most famous bull-running festival with the annual launch of the "chupinazo" rocket.

(AP Photo/Ivan Aguinaga)

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Revelers hold up traditional red neckties as tens of thousands of people packed Pamplona's main square in Pamplona, Spain, Wednesday July 6, 2011, to celebrate the start of Spain's most famous bull-running festival with the annual launch of the "chupinazo" rocket.

(AP Photo/Ivan Aguinaga)

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Revelers hold up traditional red neckties as tens of thousands of people packed Pamplona's main square in Pamplona, Spain Wednesday July 6, 2011 to celebrate the start of Spain's most famous bull-running festival with the annual launch of the "chupinazo" rocket. 

(AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

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A band makes its their way through the crowd after the 'Chupinazo', the official opening of the 2011 San Fermin fiestas on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 in Pamplona, Spain.

(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

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Revelers party as tens of thousands of people packed Pamplona's main square in Pamplona, Spain Wednesday July 6, 2011 to celebrate the start of Spain's most famous bull-running festival with the annual launch of the "chupinazo" rocket.

(AP Photo/Ivan Aguinaga)

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Revelers gather for the 'Chupinazo', the official opening of the 2011 San Fermin fiestas on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 in Pamplona, Spain. The festival of San Fermin, or the Pamplona bull running as it's more commonly known outside Spain officially begins at midday on 6th July every year with the 'chupinazo' which takes place on the balcony of the Casa Consistorial in Pamplona. Thousands of people congregate in the square awaiting the mayor's official announcement that the fiestas have begun, a rocket is launched and the partying gets underway.

(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

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Water falls from a balcony on revelers during the 'Chupinazo', the official opening of the 2011 San Fermin fiestas on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 in Pamplona, Spain. 

(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

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Spanish novillero bullfighter Lopez Simon performs with a bull during a bullfight on the eve of the 2011 San Fermin festival, Tuesday, July 5, 2011, in Pamplona, Spain. Novilleros, is the stage prior to becoming a 'matador' where bullfights are performed with young bulls.

(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

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Spanish novillero bullfighter Jimenez Fortes falls in front of the horns of a bull during a bullfight on the eve of the 2011 San Fermin festival in Pamplona, on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 in Pamplona, Spain. Fortes fell in front of the bull and managed to roll over to avoid the horns, lucky to be unhurt in the incident.

(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

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Spanish novillero bullfighter Jimenez Fortes falls in front of the horns of a bull during a bullfight on the eve of the 2011 San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, on Tuesday, July 5, 2011. Fortes fell in front of the bull and managed to roll over to avoid the horns, lucky to be unhurt in the incident

(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

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Bullfighter assistants prepare their 'capotes' to make the paseillo or ritual entrance to the arena during a bullfight on the eve of the 2011 San Fermin festival on Tuesday, July 5, 2011, in Pamplona, Spain.

(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

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Confetti is seen by the town hall clock as tens of thousands of people below packed Pamplona's main square in Pamplona, Spain Wednesday July 6, 2011 to celebrate the start of Spain's most famous bull-running festival with the annual launch of the "chupinazo" rocket. Perhaps best glorified by Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises," the San Fermin festival is known around the world for the daily running of the bulls.

(AP Photo/Ivan Aguinaga)

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Revelers celebrate the 'Chupinazo', the official opening of the San Fermin fiestas in in Pamplona, Spain Wednesday July 6, 2011 to celebrate the start of Spain's most famous bull-running festival with the annual launch of the "chupinazo" rocket.

(AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

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Revelers celebrate the 'Chupinazo', the official opening of the San Fermin fiestas in in Pamplona, Spain Wednesday July 6, 2011 to celebrate the start of Spain's most famous bull-running festival with the annual launch of the "chupinazo" rocket. 

(AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

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Revelers drink wine and celebrate the 'Chupinazo', the official opening of the San Fermin fiestas in in Pamplona, Spain Wednesday July 6, 2011 to celebrate the start of Spain's most famous bull-running festival with the annual launch of the "chupinazo" rocket

(AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

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Revelers react as water is thrown from a balcony during the 'Chupinazo', the official opening of the San Fermin fiestas in Pamplona, northern Spain, Wednesday, July 6, 2011. 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.

(AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

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A reveler leaps from the Navarre,  a fountain in Pamplona, Spain Wednesday July 6, 2011 at the start of Spain's most famous bull-running festival.

(AP Photo/Ivan Aguinaga)

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A reveler jumps from a fountain in Pamplona, Spain Wednesday July 6, 2011 at the start of Spain's most famous bull-running festival. 

(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

Thousands Gather in Spain for Famous Bull-Running Festival

July 6: Thousands gathered in Spain for the start of Spain's most famous bull-running festival.

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