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Festes de Gracia 2013
From 15/08/2013 To 21/08/2013
Venue: Gràcia, Barcelona
The district of Grącia is usually calm and residential, that is until it holds an 8-day long street party known as Festes de Grącia each August. Perhaps its residents want to make up for being so calm and quiet the rest of the year, when Grącia is normally a tranquil village within the city with pedestrian streets and squares.
Come August, for one week of the year the barrio (neighbourhood) is transformed into a riot of colour and noise. Streets are decorated in fancy dress and free open air concerts are held. There is a competition for the best decorated street. Barrio residents transform their streets with fun themes fantastical scenes such as FB Barcelona, Witches, Alice and Wonderland, Pirates, Star Trek or Gaudi, to name but a few.
The Festa Major (main festival) begins with Geants (giant mannequins with a person inside) and Castellers (human pyramids) in the lovely Plaēa Rius i Taulet, and reaches its apex with a correfoc (street firework display) and a castell de focs (castle of fireworks).
Other activities included are sardanes (traditional Catalan dancing) and bouncy castles. And come nightfall, basically the theme is music, drinking and dancing. But the Festes de Gracia are for all the family and many small children stay out late enjoying themselves with their families.
If you are attending Festes de Gracia 2013 and looking for accommodation nearby you may be interested in our selection of apartments in Barcelona. All of these come fully equipped.