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La merce festival

alabama
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La merce festival

What is the merce festival? we are thinking about going to Barcelona end of September. Is this time bad for first timers in Barcelona and not party people?

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1. Re: La merce festival

The main annual festival in Barcelona takes place on September 24th which celebrates the day of the city's patron saint ... the Virgin de la Merce.

There are many events from 22nd leading up to 24th which is a public holiday. Events include the parade of the giants when a processions through the streets is made up of giant wooden figures (gegants) operated by people.

There are also sports events, musical performances, fantastic firework displays and plenty drinking as is the case at just about all festivals nationwide. There's no better place to introduce yourself to Cava ... Catalonia's very own champagne.

One highlight that you must look out for is the competition for which group of people can form the highest human tower. The best place to find the towers is in Placa de Sant Jaume where participants in traditional costume (castellers) climb on top of one another until they can hold no more. This human tower often reaches around eight levels.

Make sure you go to the tourist information office above Plaza Catalunya (opposite Corte Inglés) to get a programme of events so that you'll know exactly where and when everything is taking place.

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if you are in the area beforehand and fancy seeing similar events, Tarragona celebrate Santa Tecla, starting earlier in the month. Easily accesible by car or train from Barcelona.

This celebration brings together some of Catalonia’s most emblematic festive traditions. On these days, everyone comes out onto the streets and squares of Tarragona. The central axis of the celebrations is the traditional parade, made up of “big-head” carnival figures and characters who dance to music played on different traditional instruments. One of the most popular events is the Correfoc or fire-running, which is also the closing event of the fiesta. The people run and jump over characters dressed up as devils and dragons, carrying fire. Another much-awaited moment is the spectacular exhibition of castellers or human castles, which reach up to nine tiers high.

Dates: 9/13/2009 - 9/23/2009

And end of September should be a good time to visit Barcelona, still warm, still busy, and still one of the most exciting cities in the world.

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hi,

only two other "points": The Mercè finished on sunday 27th...ant there are a lot of events this weeckend.

And, if you don't like partys...dont' worry...museums and the others tourist atractions are open (in fact 24th, opens are free), and you can visit them and "avoid" the parties and the concert (except when you visited the catedral and the gothic quartier, but if you have the timetable with the events, you can plann the visit out of the time of the main events)

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