Thousands gather to sing goodbye to San Fermin

15th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

15 July 2005, PAMPLONA — Thousands of Spaniards and visitors from around the world gathered in this northern city's main square to untie their red kerchiefs and sing "Pobre de mi" (Poor me), a lament that this year's bull-running festival is over.

15 July 2005

PAMPLONA — Thousands of Spaniards and visitors from around the world gathered in this northern city's main square to untie their red kerchiefs and sing "Pobre de mi" (Poor me), a lament that this year's bull-running festival is over.

The song also marks the countdown to next year's huge street party.

After nine days of steady revelling, wine consumption and racing through the city's narrow streets ahead of feisty toros, the throng rallied in Pamplona's main plaza and looked to the balcony of city hall.

There Mayor Yolanda Barcina appeared to declare: "The fiestas of San Fermin are over."

Untying her kerchief, like the one worn by most of the celebration's participants, she said: "I invite you all back to this same square next 6 July at noon, so that we call all join in saying, 'Viva San Fermin!'"

Imitating her gesture, those in the crowd took off their kerchiefs and waved them in the air, singing, "Poor me, poor me, the fiestas of San Fermin are over."

Many continued dancing and carousing until past sunrise.

Meanwhile, a Colombian participant gored in the face and thigh during the running urged future 'runners' to take more care than he did.

Anibal Agudelo, 32, was speaking to EFE from his bed in Pamplona's Virgen del Camino Hospital.

Agudelo, who has lived for four years in Madrid, acknowledged that he demonstrated imprudence by taunting the bull that injured him.

Even so, he said he still loves the idea of the 'Sanfermines' and will return. But, he said, the next time he won't run with the bulls.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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