Festes de la Merce


Barcelona celebrates the feast day of its patron saint the Virgin de la Merce every September, and as always in 2009 the party will be expected to go off in style. The holiday itself is on the 24th September but from the 22nd all manner of parades, concerts and parties will take place, including a procession of the giants, fireworks displays and 'castells' (human castle) competitions. Pick up a programme from a tourist office, such as the one on Plaza Catalunya to follow the action.

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