La Mercè

Barcelona Throws A Party For Its Patroness

by Becky on October 12, 2012

in Fun, Travel

The week we moved into our apartment, the city was revving up for the party of the year: La Fiesta de la Mercè, the patron saint of Barcelona. And wow. Four days of music, street entertainment, light shows projected onto the facade of the Sagrada Familia cathedral, fireworks that would make the nightly show at Disneyland look like a slapdash backyard job, and of course the famous parade of Los Gigantes (giant festival characters). This city knows how to throw a party.


Making friends with the sun in the Plaza Catalunya.


Mr. Super Scary Monster, loving the parade of gigantes down Las Ramblas.  Below:  his doppelganger, the Equally Scary Monster.




Along with hundreds of other eager listeners, we sat on the ground in front of the Plaza de la Catedral for this (free!) concert by the Barcelona Symphony.  It’s now official:  Eleven O’ Clock Mom and Co. really like festival days in Spain.  May the next one please come soon!

Want to join in for the 2013 fun?  Check out the lineup for next year.


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