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Pictures: San Fermin Festival 2011

The annual San Fermin Festival is underway in northern Spain. During 14 days of festivities, runners dicing with death are the main draw as thousands pack the streets to watch the four-minute running of the bulls every morning. The event is held in Pamplona, which has been intimately linked to American author Ernest Hemingway since a visit to the town in 1923 inspired "The Sun Also Rises." The booze-sodden tale of a group of bickering Americans and Britons sealed the reputation of both town and author. The U.S. Nobel Literature Laureate died 50 years ago, but thousands still follow the "Hemingway trail" of bars, cafes and restaurants where he enjoyed the Navarra region's distinctive cuisine. Until July 14 tourists can enjoy folk dancing, rural sports, a livestock fair or a procession of larger-than-life figures dubbed "giants" and "big-heads," as well as less traditional feats such as diving into the crowd from on top of a fountain -- or just getting very drunk.
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