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23 brilliantly bright shots of La Festa Gracia, Barcelona

The Fiesta de Gracia (or Festes de Gracia) is one of Barcelona‘s largest, and most colourful, festivals, and celebrates community togetherness.

Every year from 15 to 21 August, the Catalan town of Gràcia throws a week-long party complete with decorated neighbourhoods, live music, dancing, and community meals where the entire street comes to dinner on giant dining tables.

Prizes are awarded to the best decorated street, square and balcony, and let’s just say the local streets do not take this competition lightly, spending months creating intricate designs as they try to beat competition favourites Carrer de Joan Blanques and Carrer de Verdi. With a new a new theme picked each year, no two decoration schemes are ever alike.

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The festival begins with a massive street parade that include gegants (giants), cagrossos (big heads) and dracs (dragons). And don’t be alarmed if you see citizens scrambling over one another – it’s a typical Catalan tradition that involves creating human towers, or colles castelleres, often reaching seven or eight storeys high.

Another tradition is the correfoc, ‘fire run’ where groups of devils (Colles de diables) dance to drums and chase people while waving around sparklers. There is a less ‘fiery’ version of the celebration for children.

Festes de Gracia, Barcelono Spain, 2005. Photo by Robert Cudmore

Festes de Gracia, Barcelono Spain, 2005. Photo by Robert Cudmore

Festes de Gracia, Barcelono Spain, 2005. Photo by Robert Cudmore

Festes de Gracia, Barcelono Spain, 2005. Photo by Robert Cudmore

Festes de Gracia, Barcelono Spain, 2005. Photo by Robert Cudmore

Festes de Gracia, Barcelono Spain, 2005. Photo by Robert Cudmore

Festes de Gràcia, 2005. Photo by Hector Garcia

Festes de Gràcia, 2005. Photo by Hector Garcia

Festes de Gràcia, 2005. Photo by Hector Garcia

Festes de Gràcia, 2005. Photo by Hector Garcia

Festes de Gràcia. Photo by Steve

Festes de Gràcia. Photo by Steve

Festes de Gràcia. Photo by Eduard Maluquer

Festes de Gràcia. Photo by Eduard Maluquer

Festes de Gràcia 2008. Photo by Álvaro Millán

Festes de Gràcia 2008. Photo by Álvaro Millán

Fiesta de Gracia, Barcelona. Photo by Oh Barcelona

Fiesta de Gracia, Barcelona. Photo by Oh Barcelona

Fiesta de Gracia, Barcelona. Photo by Oh Barcelona

Fiesta de Gracia, Barcelona. Photo by Oh Barcelona

Fiesta de Gracia, Barcelona. Photo by Oh Barcelona

Fiesta de Gracia, Barcelona. Photo by Oh Barcelona

Fiesta de Gracia, Barcelona. Photo by Oh Barcelona

Fiesta de Gracia, Barcelona. Photo by Oh Barcelona

Fiesta de Gracia, Barcelona. Photo by Oh Barcelona

Fiesta de Gracia, Barcelona. Photo by Oh Barcelona

The fiestas of Gràcia, Barcelona, Spain. Photo by budget travel accommodation

The fiestas of Gràcia, Barcelona, Spain. Photo by budget travel accommodation

Fiesta de Gracia, Barcelona. Photo by Oh Barcelona

Fiesta de Gracia, Barcelona. Photo by Oh Barcelona

Fiesta de Gracia, Barcelona. Photo by Oh Barcelona

Fiesta de Gracia, Barcelona. Photo by Oh Barcelona

Street art, Gracia, Barcelona. Photo by Oh Barcelona

Street art, Gracia, Barcelona. Photo by Oh Barcelona

Festes de Gràcia. Photo by JUAN RAMON RODRIGUEZ SOSA

Festes de Gràcia. Photo by JUAN RAMON RODRIGUEZ SOSA

Festes de Gràcia. Photo by CT Snow

Festes de Gràcia. Photo by CT Snow

Fiesta de Gracia, Barcelona. Photo by Oh Barcelona

Fiesta de Gracia, Barcelona. Photo by Oh Barcelona

Fiesta de Gracia, Barcelona. Photo by Roger Braunstein

Fiesta de Gracia, Barcelona. Photo by Roger Braunstein

Fiesta de Gracia, Barcelona. Photo by Oh Barcelona

Fiesta de Gracia, Barcelona. Photo by Oh Barcelona

La Festa Gracia, Barcelona. Photo by Börkur Sigurbjörnsson

La Festa Gracia, Barcelona. Photo by Börkur Sigurbjörnsson

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