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Correfoc in Barcelona

Katya R
Posted September 22, 2014

Barcelona's biggest festival celebrating its patron saint, Our Lady of Mercy (Virgin Mary), is hitting the streets this week. All traditional elements of celebrating a fiesta mayor in Catalonia are present at La MercГ©, including human castle builders (castellers), dancing giants (gegants) and big-heads (capgrossos), sardana dancers, and last but not least... Correfoc, or the Fire Run! Correfoc is by no means exclusive to La Merce, as most neighbourhoods of Barcelona and pueblos of Catalonia have their own Correfoc teams, but La Merce is where most outsiders are exposed to this visually impressive and edgy pastime.

Correfoc involves the procession of people dressed like devils showering the spectators with fire sparks and guiding spark-breathing beasts (mostly dragons). Crowds can join in and walk along with Correfoc. The whole affair fills the air with smoke, loud bangs, firecracker explosions and yells of delight and sometimes fright. If you are in town for it, don't miss it!

Bear in mind that Correfoc involves flying sparks that can be potentially flammable or cause burns. If you have never seen Correfoc up close or participated in one, keep a distance and admire the spectacle from afar. If you are intent on getting as close to the devils as you dare, wear non-flammable closing that covers as much of your body as possible, a cap or a hood and, most importantly, glasses or goggles to protect your eyes!

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