La Mercè

La Mercè is the annual festival of the city of Barcelona, an official holiday since 1871. The tradition of building human towers, called ‘castells’ originated in Valls, near the city of Tarragona, towards the end of the 18th century.

Castellers in Plaça Sant Jaume at La Mercè 2013

Castellers in Plaça Sant Jaume

 

La Cavalcada de Gegants de la Mercè – the ‘Parade of Giants’ is one of the main events of the festival.

La Mercè 2013 Gegants, Plaça Sant Jaume

La Cavalcada de Gegants de la Mercè

 

The Sardana is a type of circle dance, originally from the Empordà region, that became popular throughout Catalonia during the 20th century.

Sardana dancing at La Mercè 2013

Sardana dancing in Plaça de la Mercè

 

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