La Mercè of Barcelona
La Fiesta de la Mercè, or simply La Mercè is the principle festival of Barcelona. It commemorates the occasion of the Feast of Our Lady of the Merced (Mare de Deu de la Mercè in Catalan), patroness of Barcelona. Las Fiestas de la Mercè take place for five days around the 24th of September.
During the Fiestas de la Mercè, a large number of public spaces are occupied by different events that are organized: passacaglia, concerts, street art, traditional dance, Castells (human castles which very typical of Catalonia), parades of giants and, above all, the famous correfocs (popular parade in which a group of people normally dressed as demons parade through the streets, dancing amidst fireworks)
Las Fiestas de la Mercè are finished with the ‘Piromusical’ a large fireworks display which is coordinated with the spectacle of water, light and music from the Magic Fountain of Montjuic.