"Take Advantage of La Merce" Seasonal Events Tip by jhoolko
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If you happen to be in Barcelona the last weekend in September (which you should arrange, if possible), you will be able to take part in the biggest party of the year, La Merce. The metro runs all night, the weekend's long, and every moment of it is packed with festivities like you've never seen. Make sure you take part in the fiery madness that happens all along Via Laietana the first night. Sparklers, fireworks, and just plain fire are swirled and sparkled all over the street to the beat of dozens of drumlines. And don't forget all the people dressed in devil costumes and the crazily obscene looking floats that also spew fire. Wear long sleeves, EVEN if it's hot. I made the mistake of wearing a sleeveless dress and I had little burns all over my arms. It's worth really getting in on the action, so cover up and dive in. And take lots of pictures.
Then jump on the all-night metro and head over to maresme forum for free HUGE concerts and maybe a ride on the huge ferris wheel. But don't forget the concerts inside the city at places like the catedral and the placa between MACBA and CCCB.
Then get home before the sun rises. You are going to need some sleep before you wake up to see the human towers in the morning in Placa St. Jaume and the like. They are amazing, no matter what you may think as you are lying in bed, dreading having to wake up and get back on the metro. But do it. It will be hot and bright and crowded, but you won't see anything like it for a while, and you'll hardly believe that people can and do do this when you do see it.
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