Gracia´s Major Festivity, one the most exciting activities in Barcelona.
If you´re planning to visit Barcelona, this activity is a must during the summer.
Since I’ve been living in Spain I´ve enjoyed this great tradition Spanish people have, which is the “Quarters Festivities” (I´ve just baptized this right now).
The thing is that every Neighborhood has its own date in the year during the one they celebrate…something. The streets get filled with people, kiosks with food, merchandising and even some decorations hanging in the balconies, and most important, creativity all over the place. Here is when it comes to the table, the one I think is the most remarkable: Gracia´s Major Festivity.
First, I´d like to express how I feel about Gracia, this neighborhood is my favorite in Barcelona city because the ambiance and the vibes are way too cool. The narrow streets with all the graffiti and people being creative in the way they present and advertise their businesses it’s worth seeing.
Everything is really bohemian, urban, and modern at the same time. Tons of places for kids to go after school to learn how to do theatre or art. The little stores with clothes and fine styles. The barbershops are amazing, with this lumbersexual and hipster touch. These small market places with bio food, and the bakeries and the furniture stores! OK, I think you already got the point about me and Gracia’s Neighborhood.
Now the History per se:
The first Gracia´s Major Festivity was on August, 15th of 1817 when the neighbors decided to perform a procession to restore la Virgen de la Masía de Can Trilla to its original place because the statue was hidden to protect it from the war. After this huge party, the villagers (Gracia in Catalonian is known also as Vila de Gracia) decided to celebrate every August,15th and every year they became more creative until what we can enjoy nowadays.
They decorate more than 20 streets with the most creative ideas ever. The bars and restaurants are packed, there is at least one beer tap per street and the price is very cheap, so everybody can access it and get into the mood quicker ;). Also, the merchandising is very cool and sometimes they are claiming for a noble cause like charity. About this I´ve said before of the streets been packed, very important to keep your stuff safe, for more info about this and also how to move in any site in Barcelona, check my Barcelona Tips 2021 You Must Know Before Visiting Us! post.
I´ve been living in Barcelona for more than 3 years already and every year the neighbors from Gràcia make an upgrade to the previous. One of the things you can also enjoy are concerts, young talents sharing their musical creations. Themed decorated streets, I can name you the ones I remembered from the first time I came to Gracia´s Major Festivity:
-Witchcraft and demons.
-Ghost Busters, included the Marshmallow man in more than 4m height.
-The Never Ending Story.
-Da Vinci’s Experiments with wheels and a almost person size painting of the Vitruvian man.
-The Little Prince.
Gracia has an important number of plazas which normally are filled with tables from the restaurants around, In these Festivity days, the villagers perform different kinds of shows there.
There was one that really kept set in stone in my memory which was about a dragon and fire. There was a band with drums playing some sort of rumba which was really enjoyable and the spectacle with the fire and people jumping in the costume of a big dragon costume like Chinese videos we see on Youtube (before on TV) I loved it.
I think I´ve made it very clear how much fun can be Gracia´s Major Festivity and I hope we can enjoy one sooner than we expect, once you´ve decided been a tourist in Barcelona while this event is happening is the kind of things you have in your mind for fun.
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