PHOTOS: Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain

Revellers run next to fighting bulls during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Friday, July 12, 2019. (Photo: Alvaro Barrientos/AP)

The usually calm, cobbled streets of Pamplona, Spain, will this week be overrun by the sound of charging bulls.

It’s all part of a tradition known as ‘Running of the Bulls’, which sees thousands of participants attempting to run alongside the bounding animals.

Held annually in the city of Pamplona, situated in northern Spain, the Running of the Bulls takes place during the Fiesta de San Fermin, a festival honoring the city’s first bishop patron saint, Saint Fermin.

While the eight-day occasion boasts a whole host of festivities, it is best known for its bull running event, made famous in Ernest Hemmingway’s 1926 novel, The Sun Also Rises.

Dating back hundreds of years, today the Running of the Bull attracts thousands of locals and tourists every summer. The Running of the Bulls takes place during the Fiesta de San Fermin from July 6-July 14.

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A runner waits for start of the running of the bulls during the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain July 11, 2019. (Photo: Susana Vera/Reuters)
A reveler dressed in white and red clothes drinks wine along Estafeta street at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. (Photo: Alvaro Barrientos/AP)
Revellers run next to fighting bulls during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Friday, July 12, 2019. (Photo: Alvaro Barrientos/AP)
Children are chased by a bull toy, as they take part in the Encierro Txiki (Little Bull Run) at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, July 10, 2019. (Photo: Jon Nazca/Reuters)
Revellers sprint near bulls and steers during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, July 11, 2019. (Photo: Susana Vera/Reuters)
Steers run during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, July 11, 2019. (Photo: Susana Vera/Reuters)
A reveller is helped by medical staff during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, July 11, 2019. (Photo: Susana Vera/Reuters)
A cow jumps over revellers following the running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, northern Spain, July 10, 2019. (Photo: Alvaro Barrientos/AP)
Revellers run next to fighting bulls during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, northern Spain, July 9, 2019. (Photo: Alvaro Barrientos/AP)
People on balconies wait for the start of the running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, northern Spain, July 9, 2019. (Photo: Alvaro Barrientos/AP)
Revellers run next to fighting bulls from Cebada Gago ranch, during the running of the bulls at the San Fermin on July 8, 2019. (Photo: Alvaro Barrientos/AP)
Revellers run with a Cebada Gago ranch fighting bull before entering the bullring during the Festival. (Photo: Elsa A Bravo/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Revellers run with Puerto de San Lorenzo's fighting bulls before entering the bullring during the second day of the San Fermin Running of the Bulls festival on July 7, 2019 in Pamplona, Spain. (Photo: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
"Cabezudos" (Big heads) and dancers take part in a procession of the Saints Day after the first running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, July 7, 2019. (Photo: Jon Nazca/Reuters)
A heifer jumps over revellers in the bullring during the second day of the San Fermin Running of the Bulls festival on July 7, 2019 in Pamplona, Spain. (Photo: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
Revellers sprint in front of bulls and steers during the second running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, July 8, 2019. (Photo: Jon Nazca/Reuters)
Revellers run with Cebada Gagos's fighting bulls before at Plaza Consistorial during the third day of the San Fermin Running of the Bulls festival on July 8, 2019 in Pamplona, Spain. (Photo: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
Revellers run next to the Fire Bull, a man carrying a bull figure packed with fireworks, during the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, July 7, 2019. (Photo: Jon Nazca/Reuters)
An injured reveller is helped by medical staff during the first running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, July 7, 2019. (Photo: Jon Nazca/Reuters)
Revellers have water poured onto them during the opening day or 'Chupinazo' of the San Fermin Running of the Bulls fiesta on July 6, 2019 in Pamplona, Spain. (Photo: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
Revellers drink wine as they start celebrating early while waiting for the launch of the 'Chupinazo' rocket, to celebrate the official opening of the 2019 San Fermin fiestas with daily bull runs, bullfights, music and dancing in Pamplona, Spain, July 6, 2019. (Photo: Alvaro Barrientos/AP)
Revellers celebrate the official opening of the 2019 San Fermin fiestas in Pamplona, Spain, Saturday July 6, 2019. (Photo: Alvaro Barrientos/AP)
Spanish bullfighter Gines Marin adjusts his ''montera'' before entering the bullring at the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, northern Spain, July 7, 2019. (Photo: Alvaro Barrientos/AP)
Revellers celebrate while waiting for the launch of the 'Chupinazo' rocket, to celebrate the official opening of the 2019 San Fermin fiestas with daily bull runs, bullfights, music and dancing in Pamplona, Spain, July 6, 2019. (Photo: Alvaro Barrientos/AP)
Spanish bullfighter Alberto Lopez Simon performs in the bullring at the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, northern Spain, July 7, 2019. (Photo: Alvaro Barrientos/AP)
Revellers celebrate while waiting for the launch of the 'Chupinazo' rocket, to celebrate the official opening of the 2019 San Fermin fiestas with daily bull runs, bullfights, music and dancing in Pamplona, Spain, July 6, 2019. (Photo: Alvaro Barrientos/AP)


A giant member of San Fermin Comparsa Parade take part in a procession at the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, northern Spain, July 7, 2019. (Photo: Alvaro Barrientos/AP)
Revellers celebrate while waiting for the launch of the 'Chupinazo' rocket, to celebrate the official opening of the 2019 San Fermin fiestas with daily bull runs, bullfights, music and dancing in Pamplona, Spain, July 6, 2019. (Photo: Alvaro Barrientos/AP)
A man pours wine on a woman as they start celebrating early while waiting for the launch of the 'Chupinazo' rocket, to celebrate the official opening of the 2019 San Fermin fiestas with daily bull runs, bullfights, music and dancing in Pamplona, Spain, July 6, 2019. (Photo: Alvaro Barrientos/AP)
Revellers pack the main square during the launch of the 'Chupinazo' rocket, to celebrate the official opening of the 2019 San Fermin fiestas in Pamplona, Spain, July 6, 2019. (Photo: Alvaro Barrientos/AP)
Young girls and a boy wait to see the procession from a balcony at the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, northern Spain, Sunday, July 7, 2019. (Photo: Alvaro Barrientos/AP)
A giant member of San Fermin Comparse Parade takes part in a procession surrounded by people dressed in white and red clothes at the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, northern Spain, July 7, 2019. (Photo: Alvaro Barrientos/AP)

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