Barcelona, a city known for hosting some of the best and liveliest parties in all of Europe, is once again preparing for the biggest street party of the year, Les Festes de la Mercè.
This exciting four-day festival, which first took place in 1902, is the Catalan capital’s way of saying goodbye to the warmer months and ending the summer season on a high note! This traditional festival is held in the city center every September in honor of the patron saint of Barcelona, La Mare de Déu de la Mercè.
Be sure to attend some of the most anticipated events, such as parades, concerts and fireworks! In addition, the entrance to most of the activities and events is free, so you cannot miss this colorful party on your trip to Barcelona.
The traditions of the La Mercè Festival are the following:
- Gegants and Capgrossos: papier-mâché figures carried by “giant carriers”, dance in a parade through the streets of Barcelona.
- Correfoc: one of the most anticipated events of the Fiestas de la Mercè. Dragons, demons and various “bestiari de foc” (beasts of fire) perform fire dances and parades.
- Castellers: human towers of up to 8 stories, ending the structure with a little boy on top of the tower.
- La Sardana: traditional dance of Catalonia.
- Live Music: live musical performances in different parts of the city during the festivities.
- Magic Fountain: End of the festivities with a colorful pyrotechnic show to say goodbye to summer.