Barcelona’s greatest party: La Mercè

Fiesta Mayor de Gracia
Fiesta Mayor de Gracia
8 August, 2019

Barcelona’s greatest party: La Mercè

La Mercè 2019

La Mercè 2019

The festival of La Merce, begins today and continues until the 24th September 2019.  It is a riotous celebration of Catalan culture that honours Barcelona’s patron saint, the Virgin of La Mercè. There are hundreds of individual events happening all over the city and it can be hard to know where to start!

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La Mercè is a great way to experience the Catalan Culture:

The castellers, or human pyramids, draw particularly big crowds so get to Plaça Sant Jaume early to grab a good spot from which to view the acrobatic locals building their vertiginous towers, which can reach up to 10 people tall.

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Castellers

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You may also see people dancing the sardana, a circular folk dance.

One part of the festival that you definitely shouldn’t miss is the correfoc, or ‘fire run’, a parade in which revellers dressed as devils let off fireworks, with scant regard for health and safety. So make sure you dress appropriately, and cover up as much flesh as you can: long sleeves, protective glasses, a hat and a scarf to tie round your face are all recommended. 

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Correfoc

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La Mercè is also a great way to experience the unique buzz of Barcelona in full-on festival mode without bankrupting yourself. Spanning more than twenty five years, Barcelona Acció Musical (BAM), always coinciding with La Mercè, has become a festival renowned for discovering emerging talents from dance, electronic, rock and pop music from Catalonia and from across the globe. The majority of the events and venues are free to enter, and in most cases, you won’t be restricted to buying food and drink from an overpriced festival bar.

For more information on what to see and where to go check out the official web page: La Mercè 2019

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