Fire run and human tower building – La Mercè

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Patron City Festival on the streets of Barcelona

In September Barcelona's locals are enjoying their patron city festival with parties, fire run and human tower building- and this since 1871. Even though it means a lot of fun to on those days, its origin is still religious. This is why it is a public holiday in Barcelona. The expression Mercè in the Catalan language is connoted to the life of the holy virgin. The basilica which is located in the Gothic Quarter and which dedicated to the virgin, get a special meaning on those days. The day of La Mercè is celebrated on the 24th of September but the festivals and parties are starting every year some days earlier. On the streets you can enjoy amazing parades, shows with drums and loud music and crazy people in costumes. This year’s highlights include: Friday September 20 18:00 La Cavalcada dels Barcelonins Il.lustres – Plaça Sant Jaume The opening procession. 22:00 Fireworks competition – Barceloneta beach La Mercè is also the day of the three day international fireworks competition. Saturday September 21 20:00 El Correfoc – Via Laietana Correfoc means translated "fire run". Dragons are running through the streets by fire-breathing and making people run away. This is one of the crazy spectacles on this day. You should really see it, but do not wear you best clothes. Usually every year people catch fire on those days, due to synthetic clothes. 22:00 Fireworks competition – Barceloneta beach Second night of the international competition. Sunday September 22 08:00-18 Traditional elements – Plaça Sant Jaume The third day starts very early because people are supposed not to sleep on the night from Saturday to Sunday. It starts at Plaça Sant Jaume. The giant statues are brought out again, and around noon the ‘castellers’ begin their human tower building. 22:00 Fireworks competition – Barceloneta beach Final night of the competition. Tuesday September 24 (public holiday) 12:00 Festa Castellera – Plaça Sant Jaume The human tower building gets serious as two of the best castellers groups stack the bodies high. 21:00-23:00 Piromusical – Plaça Espanya The final of those days should be celebrated with your friends. Come all to Placa Espanya and enjoy a picnic there. Follow the last day of the firework spectacle. These days are one of the most exciting ones in Barcelona. It is very vivid and the weather is perfect at this time because it is not too hot. If you want to enjoy amazing September days, come and book your apartment.  
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