Barcelona donned wings of fire this weekend. The city was ablaze with light, music, firecrackers, pyrotechnics and … dragons. From Friday to Tuesday, we celebrated La Mercè, our biggest, brightest and LOUDEST street party. Over the course of the festival, which commemorates Barcelona’s patron saint, the city played host to gegants - giants figures that parade the streets – street performers, human castles in the form of castellers and a crazy mishmash of more than 500 different events. We rocked out to no fewer than 160 concerts, were entertained by more than 2,000 actors, dancers and singers, and partied into the small hours with 2 million fellow revelers.
Things came to a dramatic climax on Sunday night, when the Via Laietana was brilliantly lit up by the flames of the correfoc.
The life and soul of this party, el correfoc (which literally means running with fire) is a full-on, no-holds-barred pyrotechnic blow-out. Party-goers dressed as devils, accompanied by fire-breathing dragons and armed with sparklers, fireworks, rockets and firecrackers took possession of the Barrio Gótico transforming the city into a living, breathing – and burning – Dragon City.
In case you missed the fun, here’s a re-cap in photos. Remember, Barcelona becomes Dragon City in September every year. So mark your calendars!
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