LONA (AFP) - Spains San Fermin festival, best known for its daily running of the bulls, came to an official close at midnight on Thursday during a candlelight ceremony attended by thousands of revellers.
People of Pamplona, the San Fermin festival is over. It has been spectacular, thanks to you it is the best festival in the world, Pamplona mayor Enrique Maya shouted from the balcony of city hall to cheers from the crowd.
The revellers then sang a mournful song lamenting the end of the festivities called Pobre de Mi, or Poor Me, while raising candles into the air or holding up red scarves over their heads which they swayed from side to side as fireworks lit up the sky. Maya stood on the same balcony at noon on July 6 to declare the festival officially open, sparking frenzied scenes as the thousands of people who jammed into the square in front of city hall sprayed each other with sangria.
Spains best-known festival dates back to medieval times and it features religious procession, folk dancing, concerts and street drinking but the highlight is the morning bull runs held through Pamplonas cobbled streets.
Half-tonne fighting bulls wounded three thrill-seekers in the final bull-run held on Thursday, bringing the overall tally of injured this year to 43, according to the regional government of Navarra of which Pamplona is capital.
The six bulls and six steers charged 846.6 metres from a pen to the bullring in a quick two minutes 20 seconds in the eighth and last daily bull-run of a festival expected to have drawn more than a million tourists.