La Mercé

September 28, 2010

In 1687 the fabulous city of Barcelona encountered a little Pterygote problem, better known today as a plague of locusts. As was custom back in the day, the city turned to God and sought aid from the Virgin La Mercé or the Virgin of Mercy. Soon after the bugs skipped town, the city council decided to turn La Mercé into the patron saint of Barcelona. It took about two hundred years for the Vatican to ratify the decision but in late September of 1868 it was official and BCN has been doing it big ever since. Festival La Mercé was unlike any celebration I have ever experienced. 5 days of music, fire/fireworks, films, parades, metros packed like sardines (one of Barcelona’s favorite foods), bumper cars, human towers, towering dolls, sangria, mischief, mayhem and a good deal of Catalan culture.


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