Not long to go ...
Sanfermin 2011 is now a fact. After nearly one whole year waiting, Iruñea/Pamplona is now enjoying the most universal fiestas in the whole wide world, opened by the recently-elected new mayor of the city, Enrique Maya when he set off the traditional rocket.
To the shout of "Pamploneses, viva Sanfermin, gora Sanfermin" and after lighting the wick of the rocket, the jam-packed City Hall square erupted in joy and ecstasy, the elements which will continue to feature over the next nine days for the locals and for all the visitors to Pamplona.
The new ruling this year about not taking any grass vessels or bottles into City Hall square was the cause of certain confusion among many people, especially foreigners and other visitors, but no serious incidents took place. Perhaps the most noticeable consequence of the new ruling was the presence of many police controls which tended to slow down access to the square. At the last moment it was learned that four officers suffered slight injuries after incidents involving people who wished to enter the square with glass vessels.
Right now the fiesta has moved off from City Hall square and into the narrow streets of the whole of the old part of the city, where the bars are overflowing with people and all kinds of drinks, beer, kalimotxo, wine and mixers. In the early afternoon, the riau-riau will take place, the artificial firebull for the kiddies, in the evening the fireworks, the open-air dancing venues and various stage performances all over different points of the city. The fiestas will be non-stop now until next 15th of July.
Special news broadcasting at Sanfermin.com
Sanfermin.com does not wish you to miss out on any of the fun. Although we know there is nothing like living the fiestas in person, and "in situ", we have prepared a special news broadcasting unit to bring all the best of the Sanfermin fiestas to you through our web page. There will be up-to-the-minute reports on the running of the bulls and the most spectacular photos of the event from all the different stretches along the length of the course. There will be snapshots of the characters and all the crazy scenes of the fiestas as well as videos from some of our regular collaborators and, of course, the special Sanfermin reports as seen through the eyes of our own Mikel Urmeneta "From the front line"