Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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Friday, June 6, 2014

The Cartel For Sanfermines 2014 Has Been Announced!

Saturday, 5 July at 20:00 (8:00 pm)
Novillos de "El Parralejo"
Novilleros: Borja Jeménez, Francisco José Espada, Posada de Maravillas

Sunday, 6 July
Toros de Carmen Lorenzo
Rejoneadors: Pablo Hermoso de Mendoza, Sergio Galán & Roberto Armendáriz

Monday, 7 July
Toros de Torrestrella
Matadors: Antonio Ferrera, Miguel Abellán & David Mora

Tuesday, 8 July
Toros de Dolores Aguirre
Matadors: Uceda Leal, Francisco Marco & Paulita

Wednesday, 9 July
Toros de Victoriano del Río
Matadors: Juan Josés Padilla, Iván Fandiño & Juan del Álamo

Thursday, 10 July
Toros de Garcigrande
Matadors: Juan Serrano "Finito de Córdoba", Julián López "El Juli" & Alejandro Talavante

Friday, 11 July
Toros de Jandilla
Matadors: Sebastián Castella, Miguel Ángel Pererae & Iván Fandiño

Saturday, 12 July
Toros de Fuente Ymbro
Matadors: Juan Josés PadillaDavid Mora & Jiménez Fortes

Sunday, 13 July
Toros de Adolfo Martín
Matadors: Diego Urdiales, Manuel Escribano & Alerto Aguilar

Monday, 14 July
Toros de Miura
Matadors: Javier Castaño, Luis Bolivar & Esaú Jacqueline Fermandez


Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Procession of San Fermín


The Route of the Procession - 7 July

Church of San Lorenzo, Rincón de la Aduana, San Antón, Zapatería, Calceteros, Plaza Consistorial, San Saturnino and Calle Mayor.


The statue of San Fermín on Calle Mayor


9:50 am: Town Hall Square - The Corporation (mayor and city councillors) sets off for the Cathedra.

10:00 am: Cathedral - The Corporation collects the Chapter and they walk together.

10:30 am: Church of San Lorenzo - The statue of San Fermín heads for Rincón de las Aduana, surrounded by the procession.

10:45 am: Calle San Antón, 47 - First jota in honor of San Fermín.

10:55 am: Plaza del Consejo - First momentico; Coral Santiago from the Chantrea sings the iota "Al Glorioso San Fermín".
 
11:15 am: El Pocico de San Cermin (Church of San Saturnino) - Two children place roses on the Saint's pedestal.  "Agur Jaunak" is played by txistularis, Basque flute players.

11:40 am: Called Mayor, 20 - Jota from Napardi.  The statue of the saint enters the chapel of San Fermín for Mass.

2:15 pm: Cathedral - The Giants dance while the María bell chimes.  The Corporation bids the Chapter farewell in the atrium and returns to the Town Hall.  "The wonder of Damascus" is played.

2:45 pm: Town Hall Square - The Council dancers perform in the town hall square.

La Pamplonesa


The Procession passes in the following order:
  • Giants and Bigheads
  • Cross of San Lorenzo, Archbishop's Cross
  • Carpenters and laborers
  • Hermandad de la Pasión, the Brotherhood of the Passion, Marian Congregation
  • Heralds and kettledrummers, the city flag, Municipal dancers and txisturlaris, the Basque flute players.
  • Bearers and the statue of San Fermín
  • Cathedral Chapter, Archbishop of Pamplona
  • Macebearers
  • Corporation, Mayor of Pamplona, escorts
  • Muncipal Police and the ceremonial escort
  • The Pamplonesa, the Municipal Band and star of the fiesta

The Giants on Calle Mayor with at few thousand followers



Monday, April 21, 2014

What to wear during Fiesta!

The Traditional Costume


The official dress, for everything that happens during the Fiesta de San Fermín, is the traditional costume of white and red, blanco y rojo, a white shirt and pants, red pañuelico (bandana) and red faja (sash).  The "official costume, which is also worn by Pelota players in Navarra and the Basque country, and by celebrants during the festival in Bayonne, "Fêtes de Bayonne". can be purchased at any of the clothing stores you'll find around Pamplona, including Spain's leading department store, El Corte Inglés.  Or you can bring your own pants and shirts from home, but pack an extra pair, as hotel laundry service is limited on the 6th, the opening day of the festival, and the 7th, an official bank holiday in Navarra.


The red pañuelico, donned at noon on the 6th of July following the firing of the rocket, the 'chupinazo', in the town hall square, is not put away until midnight of the 14th, following the candlelight ceremony, the 'pobre de mi' (poor is me).  But it is recommended that if you are planning on running not to wear the pañuelico around your neck, as it might get tangled up on a bulls horn as he passes.  The same is true of the faja.  It should not be worn loose, but wrapped tightly around your waist, or removed altogether during the encierro.



Peña Seattle de Sanfermines provides our clients with its own official pañuelico.  The faja can be purchased from one of the many street vendors you'll find in and around the old quarter.  Dressing in San Fermín attire will allow you to integrate smoothly with the crowd and quickly get into the spirit of the fiesta.



Besides going well with white, it is said that the red pañuelico has a religious origin and was selected to honor Pamplona's patron saint, San Fermín, red being the color priests wear to honor a martyr who died for his beliefs.

It is also important that you bring a comfortable pair of walking shoes.  You will be doing a lot of walking day and night and a good pair of shoes are important, and as good a job as the city does in cleaning the streets each day, you will inevitably encounter some broken glass along the way, especially following the opening ceremony and during the early hours of the 7th.  And please, no sandals!