La Merced, in Catalan La Mercè, is the biggest festival in Barcelona, Spain. It is celebrated every year around September 24, the day of the Virgin of Mercy. It lasts about a week and takes place in various public spaces of the city. It brings together almost one million people around different cultural, artistic and festive activities, being the most massive party of all those held in Barcelona, from parades and concerts, to folk dances or theater and dance shows in the street.
There will be the typical human castles, the parades of giants and big heads, the Correfoc (disguised characters that carry fire and flares) or the BAM festival, of independent music.
The Piromusical de La Mercè closes the main festivities of the Catalan capital with lights, pyrotechnics and water to the rhythm of the music, with a duration of 30 minutes
Each year, a musical theme is chosen to present the pyrotechnic show: from popular pop and rock themes to classical music or great hits of all time. With around 30 years of tradition, this light and color show marks the end of summer for many.
This show, very popular in Barcelona, joins the Font Magica with a great display of fireworks. Located between the Palau Nacional and the Avenida Reina Maria Cristina, outside the show schedule, the Font Magica is also a privileged viewpoint to contemplate the city of Barcelona, extending the view from the Plaza Espanya to the Tibidabo skirt. It should be mentioned that the water used for the operation of the source is always recycled, with the aim of favoring the saving of drinking water.
Midnight: Greetings to the Virgin and tribute of the gauchos.
Religious mass: 6,7,8,9 and 11 h
12.15: Transfer of the Virgin to the Slave Sisters College 17 h act in Belgrano square, for the Battle of Tucumán.
17.30 Procession through Alberdi streets and September 24, to Plaza Independencia.
7pm Holy Mass in Independence Square.
20 h. Final transfer of the Virgin to the Basilica.20.15 h Fiesta Popular Mariana, en Plaza Independencia.
Did you go to any of the other celebrations?