The Procession of July 7
After the running of the bulls, July 7 belongs to St Fermín. At 10 a.m. the image of the Saint is carried through the streets of the Old Section of Pamplona surrounded by thousands of people who do not want to miss this very important act. From the Town Hall, the mayor, Enrique Maya, and councilmen, in ceremonial dress and accompanied by musicians and the “Giants”, walk to the Cathedral where they are joined by the Archbishop, Francisco Pérez and clergy officials who preside over the Procession.
Cheers and applauses greet the Saint as well along the way – the act lasts one and a half hours – and the parade stops in San Antón Street to listen to songs by the Amigos del Arte at the beginning of Mayor Street and in the Plaza del Consejo where traditional songs honoring the Saint are sung by the Coral Santiago. Especially emotional is the moment in the Plaza del Consejo with a stop to listen to a prayer sung in the Jota style and interpreted by the Coral Santiago .
At its last stop, the Coral Santiago and members of the Gastronomical Society Napardi sing “To Glorious San Fermín” and the “Agur Jaunak” while flowers are placed at the base of the image. When the religious act is over, the retinue returns to the church of St Lorenzo where the Archbishop of Pamplona presides over a mass with music provided by the Cathedral´s choir
Source: Diario de Navarra