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Festes de Gracia 2012
From 15/08/2012 To 21/08/2012
Every August, Grącia holds the largest of Barcelonas neighbourhood street parties, the 8-day long street party known as Festes de Grącia.
While Gracia is normally a quiet and village-like area of the city with quite pedestrian streets and squares, every August for one week the barrio (neighbourhood) is transformed into a riot of colour and noise, with decorated streets and free concerts.
A competition is held for the best decorated street, and the residents of Gracia transform 25 streets into fantastical scenes, with themes inspired by the likes of Alice and Wonderland, Pirates, Star Trek, Gaudi, to name but a few.
The Festes de Gracia feel very much like a carnival. The Festa Major (main festival) begins with Geants (giant mannequins with a person inside) and Castellers (human pyramids) in the scenic Plaēa Rius i Taulet, and reaches its apex with a correfoc (street firework display) and a castell de focs (castle of fireworks). Other activities on offer are concerts, sardanes (traditional Catalan dancing) and bouncy castles. Come nightfall, the theme is basically music, drinking and dancing. But the Festes de Gracia are inclusive, a family event for all generations.
If you feel like joining in the fun and wish to see a proper Catalan street party, see our Mozart building Gracia apartments.
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