Spain is famous for its beauty, its festivals and its inhabitants joy of living. The festivities of Mercè in Barcelona represent it as a whole.
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What is Mercè?
Through the streets of Barcelona, there are the famous parades of "Gegants"
Mercè is in fact the patron saint of the city of Barcelona. Legend has it that on the night of September 24, 1218, the Virgin appeared to King Jaime I, San Pedro Nolasco and San Ramón Penyafort. She would have asked these three men for the creation of an order of monks whose mission was to save Christians held captive by the Saracens.
Centuries later, in 1687, Barcelona relied on the Virgin following an invasion of locusts. Once the plague was over, the city council decided to name Mercè patron saint of the city of Barcelona, an act that was not accepted by Pope Pío IX until several centuries later in 1868. Following such, the inhabitants of the city started to organize celebrations in honour of the Virgin.
Over the years, the festival has become popular and the celebrations are held throughout the city for several days - both locals and tourists can enjoy shows, concerts, traditional dances...
This Year's Program
Music and dance flood the streets
This year, the festivities will take place from September 21 to 24. As every year, one will have the opportunity to admire the dancers of Sardana - a typical dance of the region, as of the beginning of the festivities whose opening will take place in front of the Barcelona Cathedral.
One can also watch the sound and light shows with projections on the main facade of the City Hall - Plaça Sant Jaume - which is a spectacle not to be missed during one’s stay in Barcelona during Mercè.
The dragon and demon parades will spit fire for their observers in the streets of Barcelona during the festivities of Mercè. The parade will begin in Sant Jaume Square, continue in Ferran Street, Rambla, Piazza del Pi and Piazza Nova in order to return to its starting point.
The streets will come alive even more during the correfocs; Firecrackers, fireworks and demons run through the streets of Barcelona, making fire whirl over their heads. For this event, wear long clothes made of non-flammable materials, protect the head and eyes as the sparks will twirl during correfocs nights!
One can equally watch the Giants parades who will walk the streets of Barcelona: the Rambla, Sant Jaume Square, Ferran Street…