La Mercè

La Mercè in Barcelona

Today marks the end of La Mercè, Barcelona’s most famous festival. The celebrations honor the Mare de Déu de la Mercè, the Virgin of Grace, who is said to have delivered the city from a plague of locusts in 1687. Festivities include parades of papier maché “giants,” booming gun salutes (not for those who overly value their ear drums), acrobatic human tower building, fireworks, and more. It’s tons of fun as well as a photographic delight. And there wasn’t a locust in sight, so the Virgin of Grace still seems to be keeping up her end of the bargain. 🙂

La Mercè in Barcelona

5 responses to “La Mercè”

  1. avatar Rita says:

    Oh my gosh, this is amazing. I’ve visited Barcelona many times, but I didn’t even know about this festival. Thanks for sharing!

  2. avatar Tenzin Dukpa says:

    Reminds me of ours festivals at home. Very nice.

  3. avatar JürgenJu says:

    Ist ein bisschen wie Fasching in Deutschland, toll! 🙂

  4. avatar Hogga says:

    paper mache is creepy

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