The Sanfermines return two years later





After two years without celebration due to the pandemic, the sanfermines return with the long-awaited chupinazo in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento de Pamplona on Wednesday July 6.

Thousands of people look forward to the eight and a half days of festivities, coming back in a big way with a total of 532 official acts and that can be followed on RTVE by Julian Lantzi and Ana Prada.

“Welcome to the biggest parties in the world” This is the message that the Pamplona City Council wants to convey to those who visit the city these days, to which 130,000 people will arrive by bus, another 2,500 on regular flights and 20,000 by train, according to forecasts from the Consistory’s Department of Commerce and Tourism.

In 2018, Pamplona managed to receive more than a million visitors, a figure that the Government delegate in Navarra, José Luis Arasti, has confirmed could be repeated this year “because people really want to enjoy“.

The mayor of Pamplona, ​​Enrique Maya, has encouraged people to live and enjoy the festival “for three” and has recalled that this is a festival open to everyone, which is why he has invited visitors to join in and live the Sanfermines “as another part” of the city.

Juan Carlos Unzué will launch the chupinazo

From Wednesday morning there will be a festive air in the capital of Navarra, especially in the town hall square, where at 12 o’clock the ex-footballer and ex-coach from Navarra Juan Carlos Unzué will light the fuse to launch the chupinazo of the Sanfermines 2022, the act that kicks off the best-known parties.

Unzué has assured that as a Navarrese “it is an honor” to kick off the festivities. To prepare the chupinazo, Unzué went to the Pamplona City Hall on Monday, a visit he took advantage of to greet and hold a brief meeting with the Pamplona mayor.

In the Plaza Consistorial, 2,000 square meters, about 10,000 people will meet each year, which means five people per square meterwhile in the surrounding streets and other spaces there will be 50,000 people who will see the start of the festivities from giant screens.

The chupinazo, as in previous editions, has been prepared by the Fiesta pyrotechnics, which has decorated the red rocket with the images of San Fermín and the coat of arms of Pamplona.

This year, as the main novelty, the parties will begin to the rhythm of Gainza’s Biribilketa, which will be performed after the chupinazo in the Plaza Consistorial by La Pamplonesa and the txistularis. This composition is the first piece of music that sounds immediately after the rocket, but for more than 40 years it has been performed inside the entrance hall of the City Hall due to the large turnout of the public in the square.

Running of the bulls kicks off programming

Every morning, the running of the bulls will open the programming. The herds that run this year are Núñez del Cuvillo, Fuente Ymbro, José Escolar, La Palmosilla, Cebada Gago, Jandilla, Victoriano del Río and Miura.

However, after the pandemic the confinements reappear with a great novelty: the halters who have led the herd in recent years, belonging to the ranch El Uno, they are going to be replaced by meek ones from another herd, probably Macua’s.

The star halters of El Uno stood out in the last running of the bulls for their speed, which managed to avoid falls and loose bulls. However, it provoked the complaint of the runners, who could barely stand in front of the oxen’s horns and claimed that the excitement of the races was lost.

On the other hand, several specialized technicians have applied the non-slip chemical solution that the Pamplona City Council has used since 2005 to minimize the risk in some sections of the running of the bulls. From the end of the Santo Domingo slope, to a few meters at the start of Estafeta, around 1,700 square meters of pavement have been covered with this product.

Concerts, exhibitions and fireworks

Starting with the chupinazo, a wide repertoire of concerts, festivals, fireworks, exhibitions, street entertainment and children’s and family activities. In these festivities, for which the Pamplona City Council has dedicated a budget of 1.7 million euros, there will also be traditional events such as the running of the bulls, the Procession, the Vespers or the Eighth.

This year there will be 532 official acts for all audiences in the 204 hours that the Sanfermines last, most of them are from music character and although there are several points that host these events, the star locations are the Plaza de los Fueros and the Plaza de la Compañía.

Among the artists who will pass through the capital of Pamplona are lola indigo –which opens the Sanfermines musical program from 11:30 p.m.–, THE FASHION, The Ear of Van Gogh or Camela.

Secondly, the days dedicated to different ephemeris are maintained, such as Bayonne and Sister Cities Day (July 8), Children’s Day (July 11) and Senior Citizens’ Day (July 13). This year, in addition, a new dedication arises: the day of the jackto be held on July 12.

Also the XXI International Fireworks Competition will be held, which will be dedicated for the fourth year to “Author Fires” and in which nine creators from five countries will participate: Spain, Portugal, Italy, France and Sweden.

2,700 agents integrate the security device

More than 2,700 agents including the National Police, the Civil Guard, the Provincial Police and the Municipal Police of Pamplona will make up the national security device planned for the festivities.

Some 800 agents will correspond to the National Police, 853 to the Civil Guard, around 700 to the Regional Police and 415 to the Municipal Police, to which should be added the 200 Civil Protection auxiliaries (popularly known as naranjitos), mainly responsible for regulating and controlling traffic at specific points.

In addition, within the framework of the European Police Stations project, joint patrols will be carried out with uniformed agents from Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Portugal, France and Romania.

Pamplona fights against sexist attacks

The prevention of sexual crimes is in the spotlight. Specialized police officers from the Family and Women’s Care Unit travel to Pamplona and the Office of Complaints and Citizen Attention of the Plaza del Castillo It will be the place of reference for the filing of complaints by those who are victims of a criminal act and the 112 It will be the phone for urgent notices.

Inside the campaignPamplona free of sexist aggression / Eraso sexistarik Gabe, Iruña aske‘ The City Council has inaugurated this Tuesday an information point in the central Plaza del Castillo, a place of reference for Pamplona and visitors where doubts are answered and a guide with recommendations and resources is offered, as well as stickers and pins.

Although it is not a point of attention in itself, explained the Councilor for Culture and Equality of Pamplona, ​​María García Barberena, yes orientation is offered to victims and witnesses of sexist attacks being able to activate if necessary the protocol of attention to the victim and police report.

The objective, indicated García Barberena, is “to eradicate once and for all the sexist attacks in this city” throughout the year, not only in San Ferminand that “women feel free, safe and can enjoy themselves like any citizen”.


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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