Monday, August 19, 2013

Festa Major de Gràcia 2013

For two days last week I took a stroll around our neighborhood, Gracia. You see every year, there is the Festa Major de Gracia, the biggest festival in our neighborhood. This is a tradition that dates back around 200 years. Streets are decorated in different themes, a project that runs the entire year and is painstakingly put together in the days leading up to the start of the Festa. There are also tons of squares where bands ranging from folk to pop and all in between entertain people day in and day out. And let's not forget the traditional entertainment made up of castellers (human towers), batucada (percussion parades) and gigantes.

The first year we lived here, I was alone for the entire Festa. I am alone again this year.

It's a wonderful thing to see a city neighborhood coming together to create something so elaborate to represent their street. You would see both young and old sitting outside at tables on blocked off streets cutting out decorations, gluing pieces together and chatting away with friends and family alike.

Jurassic Park


This guy is Scary!

Cool jungle look


Bet the farm street

Under water world

War of the Worlds!

No clue what this thing is...

No clue who this ckick is???

ABC Street

Our plaza, Big Top!

Watch out for people falling

Fresh bread to start off the morning

I'll take some bacon with my bread

and some spanish olives 

Space and beyond

Farm Street again...

Angry Birds

Finally some food after all that walking...

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