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The correfoc, a Barcelona invention

One of the most popular and crowded La Mercè Festival events is the correfoc fire run, but not many people know that it was invented in Barcelona. We even know exactly when it originated: the La Mercè Festival of 1978.

Sardana dancing, a La Mercè classic

The current La Mercè programme continues to be full of sardana dancing among competitions, concerts and popular dances. This year's four-day festival features six such events.

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Main events and activities in the city

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Three Kings Parade

On the evening of 5 January, Barcelona organises a big welcome for the Kings of the Orient, who set off on a big parade.
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Tres Tombs de Barcelona

The main event of the Festa dels Tres Tombs is a parade of animals in a cavalcade and pulling coaches around the city centre.

Tres Tombs Infernals

The Tres Tombs Infernals is a celebration held in Sant Andreu de Palomar that combines street theatre and a firework display with a correfoc.

Did you know...

The Gegants Vells de la Casa de la Caritat are also known as the Carnival giants because the first news we have of them refers to their participation in the arribo of  1859. A that time they belonged to the Societat del Born, one of the organisations most heavily involved in organising the Barcelona Carnival then. As well as publishing bans and all kinds of satirical notices, they organised a parade in which we know various imaginary festival figures took part and there were some spectacular comparses, groups of dancers in fancy dress.

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