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Photos: The Festival of San Fermin 2013

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Every year, the Festival of San Fermin, including the "Running of the Bulls", attracts thousands of visitors to Pamplona, Spain. Lasting nine days, the festival kicks off with massive crowds at the Chupinazo in Pamplona town square, followed by a carnival, fireworks, the running of the bulls, and many bullfights. Held since 1591, San Fermin remains a popular, if also dangerous and controversial, event -- dozens of people were injured this year. The festival came to an end yesterday, July 14. Collected here are scenes from this year's Festival of San Fermin. [42 photos]

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Revelers back away from an Alcurrucen's ranch fighting bull during the running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain, on July 7, 2013. People from around the world travel to Pamplona every year to take part in some of the eight day festival. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
Revelers back away from an Alcurrucen's ranch fighting bull during the running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain, on July 7, 2013. People from around the world travel to Pamplona every year to take part in some of the eight day festival. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
Participants hold red scarves as they celebrate the "Chupinazo" marking the start of the San Fermin Festival at Castle square in Pamplona, Spain, on July 6, 2013. Tens of thousands of people packed Pamplona's streets for a drunken kick-off to Spain's best-known fiesta. (Pedro Armestre/AFP/Getty Images) #
Revelers hold up their red scarves during the "Chupinazo" in Pamplona, on July 6, 2013. (Reuters/Eloy Alonso) #
Festival-goers are sprayed with water thrown from balconies during the launch of the "Chupinazo" rocket, to celebrate the official opening of the 2013 San Fermin fiestas, on July 6, 2013 in Pamplona. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza) #
Men and women pack Pamplona's town square during the opening of the 2013 San Fermin fiestas in Pamplona, on July 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza) #
Revelers grab at a woman atop another person's shoulders during the drunken kick-off of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, on July 6, 2013. (Reuters/Vincent West) #
People are sprayed with water thrown from balconies during the launch of the opening of the 2013 San Fermin Festival, on July 6, 2013 in Pamplona. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza) #
A festival-goer sleeps on a bench as cleaning operators work at Plaza del Castillo in the early hours ahead of the Running Of The Bulls, on July 9, 2013 in Pamplona. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images) #
People await the running of the bulls during the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, on July 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza) #
Torrestrella ranch fighting bulls and revelers run in Pamplona, on July 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza) #
Participants move quickly during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival, on July 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza) #
Runners fall and step over a fallen Fuente Ymbro ranch fighting bull during the running of the bulls, on July 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza) #
People on balconies watch runners and Alcurrucen's bulls during the first bull run of the San Fermin Festival, on July 7, 2013, in Pamplona. (Pedro Armestre/AFP/Getty Images) #
(1 of 4) Runner Diego Miralles (blue and yellow shirt) is caught between the horns of an El Pilar fighting bull on Estafeta street, during the sixth running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, on July 12, 2013. (Reuters/Susana Vera) #
(2 of 4) Diego Miralles is tossed in the air by an El Pilar fighting bull, on July 12, 2013. (Reuters/Susana Vera) #
(3 of 4) Diego Miralles hangs onto the bull's horn as his leg is gored, on July 12, 2013. (Reuters/Susana Vera) #
(4 of 4) Diego Miralles is helped through a barrier by police and a fellow runner to receive medical treatment, on July 12, 2013. Four runners were gored in a run that lasted four minutes and fifty seven seconds, according to local media. Miralles, who was gored three times, was taken to a nearby hospital for surgery. (Reuters/Susana Vera) #
Revelers are surprised by a steer, used to drive the fighting bulls, during the running of the bulls in Pamplona, on July 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza) #
A fighting cow leaps over festival-goers upon entering the bullring following the first running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, on July 7, 2013. (Reuters/Joseba Etxaburu) #
Runners enter the bullring followed by Miura fighting bulls in Pamplona, on July 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos) #
Runners are trapped in a stampede at the entrance to the bullring, pushed by steers and Fuente Ymbro fighting bulls, during the seventh running of the bulls in Pamplona, on July 13, 2013. (Reuters/Josu Santesteban) #
A cow jumps over runners lying down at the bullring entrance, on Thursday, July 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos) #
Runners are knocked down by a bull at the end of last running of the bulls in Pamplona, on July 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos) #
People take part in The "Comparsa de Gigantes y Cabezudos" or the Parade of the Giants and Big Heads, at the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, on July 14, 2013. (AP Photo/ Alvaro Barrientos) #
A couple kiss after the running of the bulls, on July 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza) #
Revelers smile as sparks from the "Fire Bull", a man carrying a metal structure loaded with fireworks, fly on the fourth day of the San Fermin Festival, on July 9, 2013. (Reuters/ Vincent West) #
Spanish bullfighter Ivan Fandino waits to make the "paseillo", or ritual entrance to the arena before a bullfight during the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, on July 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza) #
An El Pilar ranch fighting bull, during a bullfight in Pamplona, on July 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza) #
Spanish bullfighter Manuel Escribano aims his sword before killing a Dolores Aguirre fighting bull during a bullfight ar the San Fermin Festival, on July 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza) #
Bullfighter "banderillero" David Peinado is tossed and gored in the head by an Alcurrucen's fighting bull in the bullring, on July 7, 2013. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images) #
Spanish bullfighter Juan Jose Padilla turns his head to look at a bull as he kneels down during the seventh bullfight of the San Fermin Festival, on July 13, 2013. (Reuters/Susana Vera) #
Revelers celebrate during a bullfight with Miura's fighting bulls on the ninth day of the San Fermin Festival, on July 14, 2013. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images) #
Spanish bullfighter Ivan Fandino barely escapes getting gored by a bull during the fifth bullfight of the San Fermin Festival, on July 11, 2013. (Reuters/Susana Vera) #
A Fuente Ymbro ranch fighting bull bleeds during a bullfight, on July 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza) #
A Miura's ranch fighting bull's broken horn, during a bullfight on July 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza) #
Spanish bullfighter Saul Jimenez Fortes is tossed by a bull during the last bullfight of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, on July 14, 2013. (Reuters/Susana Vera) #
A horse belonging to Spanish mounted bullfighter Pablo Hermoso de Mendoza, looks at the bleeding bull during a horseback bullfight in Pamplona, on July 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos) #
Bullfighter Juan Jose Padilla celebrates his performance with a Fuente Ymbro's fighting bull on the eighth day of the San Fermin Festival, on July 13, 2013. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images) #
A dead bull of Dolores Aguirre Ybarra lies on the floor after taking part in a bullfight of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, Spain, on July 8, 2013. (Pedro Armestre/AFP/Getty Images) #
Revelers raise red scarves and candles as they sing the traditional song "Pobre de Mi" (Poor Me) in the city council building, marking the end of the San Fermin Festival, on July 15, 2013. (Ander Gillenea/AFP/Getty Images) #
Festival-goers sing the "Pobre de Mi" song, marking the end of the San Fermin Festival, on July 15, 2013 in Pamplona, Spain. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images) #
Participants are overcome by emotion after the "Pobre de Mi" ceremony marking the end of the 2013 San Fermin Festival, on July 15, 2013. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images) #

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