Photos from the running of the bulls.

Thousands of people gather in Pamplona, Spain, every year for the Festival of San Fermin. The nine-day event kicks off with a carnival, fireworks many bullfights, and of course, the encierro, or "running of the bulls." As our colleague Alan Taylor writes:

Held since 1591, San Fermin remains a popular, if also dangerous and controversial, event: Several people have been injured already this year, and the festival continues until July 14. 

Below, some choice shots. See even more photos, curated by Alan, here.

Revellers hold up red scarves during the start of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona. Photo by Vincent West/Reuters

A girl reacts as she is hit by the hat of a "Kiliki" during San Fermin festival's "Comparsa de gigantes y cabezudos" (Parade of the giants and the big heads) in Pamplona. "Kilikis", wearing outsized masks, playfully hit bystanders with sponges on sticks, and parade daily through the city accompanied by brass bands during the nine-day-long festival. Photo by Susana Vera/Reuters
Runners fall in the path of a Cebada Gago fighting bull and steers at the entrance to the bullring during the third running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona. Photo by Susana Vera/Reuters
Runners enter the bullring during the third running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival. Photo by Susana Vera/Reuters

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