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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.
La Mercè Festival Barcelona 2012
Dragons, human castles, giants in processions and incredible firework displays by the beach all mean one thing – La Mercè festival Barcelona is back. Close to the end of September, Barcelona city hosts its largest street party marking the end of summer – ensuring that you bid farewell with a bang. The festival first took place in 1902 and continues to unify the city and surrounding zones.
The festival takes place from the 21st to 24th September with a full packed agenda. Every year the city invites the world to participate, giving them a chance to present their culture and artistic moments and this year’s guest is Montreal, home to more than forty festivals throughout the year, making it a perfect pairing.
One of the most fascinating spectacles is the Correfoc, a Catalan tradition that involves community groups dressed up like devils parading the street with bangers and hand held fireworks. It is worth noting that it may be best to take something that will cover your head and eyes if you intend to get close. The adults correfoc takes place after the children’s event with dragons spraying hot flames into the crowds. The main correfoc takes place on Via Laietana.
Another highlight that proves popular at the festival is the human castles, this occurs in Plaça de Jaume. This is a traditional spectacle that involves a team of people gathering together to form a base, they then create another human tier step by step until they get to great heights, finishing with a child climbing to the top and standing up. Not advisable if you have a nervous disposition but great fun.
La Mercè is in line with the music festival BAM (Barcelona Acció Musical), which is from the 21st -23rd September. This annual event offers a phenomenal range of artists from all over Europe, tang place in various locations in Barcelona city, such as Plaça Reial and Parc del Forum.