25 Apr La Mercè festival
What is La Mercè?
It’s a huge street festival marking the end of Summer that take place in the streets of Barcelona. This event started for the first time in 1902 and is celebrated for la Mare de Déu de la Mercè, the Patron Saint of Barcelona. The festival lasts 4 or 5 days depending of the year. There are hundreds of activities like events, parades and fireworks. Of course there are hundreds and hundred of people down the streets!
Events you should not miss
- The projections in Plaça St Jaume take place evry day at night in La Mercè festival. Images are projected to the Ajuntament of Barcelona building. It’s an incredible show where the music, lights and colors amaze everyone. The multicoloured projections shows on the town council facade. These shows are very spectacular and both the music, images and sound effects turn the town council into a dream.
- The “human towers” know as the castellers take place all over the city but especially in Plaça de Sant Jaume. One person support the one who is above them, it is an incredible display of teamwork and concentration. An human tower is created and they can reach up to 10 meters into the sky. Finally a young child climbs to the top of the tower, salute the people and then slides back down to safety.
But there are so much more to do and to see! For example, you can assist the Correfoc in Via Laietana. It’s a fireworks show and a Dragon Parade! But caution! You may receive sparks, so an advice, protect your body with clothes. It’s an highlight of La Mercè festival. In fact, the streets go wild with fire crackers, fireworks and devils running the streets of Barcelona. There is also a Giants Parade in Plaça de St Jaume wich is very popular among kids. Fireworks mark the end of the festival. You can have a wonderful view of them from Barceloneta Beach.
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