Large crowds with red handkerchiefs descended on Pamplona, Spain, Wednesday for the start of the annual San Fermin festival commonly known as the Running of the Bulls.

The annual fiestas attract approximately 1 million tourists each year as revelers douse themselves in wine and sing and dance in the city’s narrow cobblestone streets. Also known as the Encierro, the festival runs from July 6 to July 14 this year.


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Revelers are chased by Fuente Ymbro’s ranch fighting bulls in the 2016 San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain on Thursday. Revelers from around the world turned out here to kick off the festival with a messy party in the Pamplona town square, one day before the first of eight days of the running of the bulls.

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