1,532,000 participated in Sanfermines 2012
A total of 1,532,000 people participated in some of the 431 acts programmed for San Fermín 2012 – a figure that is similar to that of last year. According to the Mayor of Pamplona, Enrique Maya, these fiestas have been characterized by their festive atmosphere and high participation.”
The maximum authority of the capital of Navarra appeared before the press to give a balance of Sanfermines 2012 together with the Councilman Delegate for Citizen Security, Ignacio Polo, and the Councilman Delegate for Education and Culture, Fermín Alonso. The Mayor also wished to underline his rejection of the incidents provoked by a minority of people on July 6 which led to the supension of the March to Visperas.
A third of those attending programmed acts – some 530,000 – were children and families who enjoyed acts especially for them such as the parades of the Giants and their entourage or running before the “fire” bulls.
Thirty-eight percent more people in 2012 attended free concerts in the Plaza de los Fueros and 17 percent more in the Plaza del Castillo than in 2011
Other data of Sanfermines reflect a slight decline in the amount of glass and trash collected, although Sunday remains to be counted. There was also a decline of 3 percent in reports to the police and hotel occupation was approximately 85 percent full on the average in spite of the fact that there were fewer visitors than last year. The number of accredited journalists and photojournalists for the encierro remained the same.