Fiestas De La Mercè: 5 Events You Cannot Miss.
Get ready for the festival of festivals in Barcelona! From the 21st to the 24th of September the city will be celebrating La Mercè to pay tribute to the Mare de Deu de la Mercè (Lady of the Mercy), the Patron Saint of Barcelona. The celebration first officially took place in 1902. In this occasion, the city of Barcelona bids goodbye to the summer and welcomes the autumn. Concerts, activities and entertainments will fill the streets along with a real party atmosphere. Annualy a guest city is invited to join. This year Lisbon will show off its culture. Especially noteworthy are the street parades. Each day of the festival is celebrated with its own. All the entertainment is free. The metro trains will run all night. The parades are filled with mythical characters and traditional drumming.
As you have a huge amount of events to attend, we prepared a list of our favorites:
If you want to experience the celebration from the very beginning we recommend to join the Opening Parade. Taking place on Friday from 6.45pm, it will feature giant size characters (Los Gigantes), dragons and other effigies roaming the streets of Barcelona all followed by a procession of drums and percussion instruments. Route : La Rambla, Calle Ferran, Plaça de Sant Miquel.
Probably the highlight of La Mercè festival. The streets will go wild with firecrackers, fireworks and devils running. We recommend you to take protective clothing such as hats, glasses and thick long sleeved tops for the reason that flying sparklers will be sprayed into the crowds. Therefore, get ready on Saturday 22nd at 6.30pm to get a piece of action along and around Via Laietana.
The Castellers are another must-see during this celebration. Their aim is to build a human tower and have a young child climb to the top of it and stand up. It requires a huge teamwork and it is an amazing event to experience. It will take place from Plaça de la Mercè to Plaça de Sant Jaume. It will start at 12 am. Due to the number of people attending, we suggest you to go there a bit earlier just to make sure you get a nice view on the action.
BAM Music Festival.
The BAM (Barcelona Acción Musica) is a music festival organized by the local council as a part of La Mercè festival. All the concerts are outdoor and free. The shows will be on stage around these venues: Plaça dels Àngels – Raval area MACBA museum Plaça de Joan Coromines – Raval area in CCCB cultural center. Antiga Fàbrica Estrella Damm – Eixample area. Sala Apolo – nightclub in Poble Sec area. Rambla de Raval – in Raval area.
Here you can find the programme.
Finally, you cannot miss the Fireworks Finale. Each year the festival closes with the pyrotechnics display performed near Plaça d’España in Montjuïc as an ending to the celebrations. This is a truly breathtaking event that sees thousands of spectators attending. It will be held on Monday 24th September starting from 10 pm.
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