San Fermin Closing Ceremony

Closing ceremony of the San Fermin festival

The Spanish really know how to through a party.  For over a week the entire city of Pamplona is overrun with thousands of people from all of the world.  The main attraction is the running of the bulls but that only lasts for a little over 2 minutes in the morning.  The rest of the day is left for sangria induced stupidity.  Like all good things this too needs to come to an end and the Spanish do it in style.  At the opening ceremony of the festival everyone puts on red scarf and they don’t take it off until the closing ceremony.  As you can see in the picture above, everyone has already taken off the trademark red scarf.   It won’t be put back on until next year.

Firework laden bull running the streets of Pamplona

Just before the closing ceremony starts a bull runs through the streets with fireworks strapped to the top of it.  Ok.  It’s not a real bull but it’s scary none the less and I have some burn marks to prove it.  My favorite t-shirt also has burn mark to serve as a permanent reminder.

Firework laden bull running the streets of Pamplona

Firework laden bull running the streets of Pamplona

Mark at www.pamplonabalconies.com helped us get a good view of the closing ceremony.  You don’t need tickets to attend the ceremony but if you don’t want to stuck in the mass of people in the square you need to get an apartment with a view.  Mark has a penthouse view (probably the best view anywhere) of the ceremony.  Plus, he serves up some great food and drink to enjoy while watching the festivities.

San Fermin Closing Ceremony

Overall a great trip.  Some unique and very unforgettable experiences.  The best part is that we made it out alive with no extra holes in our bodies…

 

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