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La Merce
La Merce

From 21/09/2011 To 28/09/2011
Venue: All Barcelona
Website: http://www.bcn.cat/merce/ca/index.shtml

This week-long celebration honours Our Lady of Mercy, the patron Saint of Barcelona and opens in dramatic fashion with giants, dragons and capgrosses in the Plaça Sant Jaume. This is followed by over 600 events including sardanes and correfocs. Other spectacles include a stunning fireworks displays, a seafront air show, free concerts and a heap of activities for children.

Due to its an increase in popularity in recent years many events are now staged up at Montjuïc castle to shift emphasis away from the centre though some 100,000 people still descend on the Barri Gòtic to watch the final parade.

La Mercè plays an important part in the history of Barcelona, it been celebrated as an official holiday in Barcelona since 1871 when the ajuntament (city council) first organized a series of special activities in honour of the Catholic feast day of Our Lady of Mercy, La Mare de Déu de la Mercè in Catalan.

In 1902 some important new features were inaugurated when for the first time parades included papier maché “giants” known asgegants i capgrossos, when the first Castell competition took place in the city, and when a popular dance from Empordà: the Sardana was gaining popualarity allover Catalunya .
More recent innovations become traditions include the Catalan Wine Fair, a special correfoc – a type of street party with lots of fireworks, a marathon race, and the particularly popular pyromusical. The latter is formed of a spectacular synchronized firework, water fountain, and music display on Montjuïc.

Note that although the actual feast day is officially September 24, the festivities begin a few days beforehand.

If you are attending La Merce and looking for accommodation nearby you may be interested in our selection of apartments in Barcelona. All of these come fully equipped.