FIESTA MAYOR DE GRACIA 2013
Fiesta Mayor de Gracia (Festa Major de Gracia or in English the Big Festival of Gracia) is one of the “fiestas mayores” that the neighborhoods in Barcelona are celebrating in different times of the year. Every neighborhood in Barcelona has its own big festival where its inhabitants (and visitors) can enjoy different activities, concerts, exhibitions, workshops, free entrance in some of the attractions in the neighborhoods and much more. It goes without saying that the Fiesta Mayor de Gracia is the most famous and highly anticipated one. And here is why:
It takes place from 15th to 21st August (this year it is 197th edition of the festival!). If you have never visited the Gracia neighborhood during its Fiesta Mayor, you will have difficulties recognizing it. It becomes even more colorful, vivid and unique than it is in general. Many of the streets are decorated by the people living in the neighborhood and the idea is that the best decorated one wins a prize. The themes vary from music, aquatic life, balloons, flowers and even to Eastern (Asian) types of decorations. The streets literally look like a fairy-tale. This year´s theme will be a recreation of Venice at Plaza Sant Miguel and on Calle Camprodon you can find …. “Angry Birds”.
To see a detailed program of what to expect from this year´s edition you can check the official website. There you can find the program and the map. The website is only in Catalan, so if you don´t speak any, Google translate can help you.
One of the highlights this year is that the organizers will try to put accent on the daylight and family activities. So if you have kids don`t miss the opportunity to take them to Gracia, the atmosphere will create unforgettable memories.
If you go there to enjoy the nightlife atmosphere of this event and to party, don´t forget to respect the neighbors and not cause noise after 1 am.