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La Merce Festival Barcelona Webcam

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La Mercé 2010 will take place from Thursday 23rd September until Sunday 26th September.

La Mercè is the annual festival (“fiesta patronal” or “fiesta mayor”)[citation needed] of the city of Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain. It has been an official city holiday since 1871, when the local government first organized a program of special activities to observe the Roman Catholic feast day of Our Lady of Mercy, La Mare de Déu de la Mercè in Catalan. Although the actual feast day is September 24, the festivities begin a few days beforehand.

Some of the most important features of the festival were introduced in the year 1902, when parades included papier maché “giants” known as gegants i capgrossos, the first Castell competition in the city, and a popular dance from Empordà that was becoming popular throughout Catalonia: the Sardana[citation needed]. The holiday has enjoyed immense local popularity ever since.

Among more recently introduced traditions are the annual Catalonian Wine Fair; a special correfoc; a marathon race; and the particularly popular pyromusical, a spectacular display of synchronized fireworks, water fountains, and music conducted at the base of the mountain of Montjuïc.

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