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The Barcelona Fiesta of La Mercè

Spain loves their fiestas and the first fiesta they’ve had since we’ve been here is the Fiesta de La Mercè.  La Mercè is the patron saint for Barcelona.  As most fiestas in Spain, this one revolves around a religious theme, but has changed to celebrate something more secular in nature.  It was a glorious day; full of sunshine and warm weather.

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The main event for the day was the Parade of Giants where giants with effigies of kings, queens and nobles march through the streets of Barcelona.

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Following the parade we started walking to where we thought we were suppose to be headed and ran into a concert that was being performed by the Barcelona Symphonic Orchestra in front of the Barcelona Cathedral.

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Of all days, the Metro workers decided to go on strike; that means trains only came about every half hour instead of every 5 minutes. I said they went on strike just so they could participate in the festivities instead of working. Here is what had to get on already full cars once the train cars arrived.

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Inside the cars and the last couple that got on smiling to the camera.

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The faces of the people as we arrived at the next station. Not all of them squeezed in.

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We finished the night off by watching a very long firework show from our terrace.

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A day well lived and looking forward to the next one.

To view a few more photos of our day or in a larger size, click on any of the photos to view my Flickr Account.

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