Let me start this by saying, you should go to Barcelona irrespective of the reason. It’s beautiful, it’s arty, it’s crazy, it’s perfect! So that’s it, blog over, see ya! :P
But there are some experiences that take a great trip and make it spectacular, in an unforgettable way. And La Mercè does exactly that to Barcelona, which is why it deserves to be talked about in detail! So here goes.
La Mercè is celebrated to mark the feast day of the patron saint of Barcelona, Saint Eulàlia, on the 24th of September every year. Even though the festival has religious origins and has been celebrated, in some form or the other, since 1687, there is nothing specifically religious about the celebrations. The La Mercè of the present times is a huge street party where everyone is invited!
The festival is of utmost importance in the Barcelona events calendar, and has the full support of the local government and authorities. Traffic of any form is prohibited at the Gothic quarter during the festival. Since the festivities is by the people and for the people – the 3-4 days are declared public holidays. And they don’t have a choice, since the locals have either transformed into dragons or giants or they’re busy making a human pyramid or maybe playing drums for hours continuously on some street. Add to it, the innumerable musical performances and theatre acts, video mapping on fancy buildings – again done by the locals. And if this is not enough to attract your attention, there are fanciest fireworks every night. Here, I’ve handpicked a few activities, which I feel should not be missed.