La Mercè is the annual festival of the city. The local government first organized a program of special activities to observe the Roman Catholic feast day of Our Lady of Mercy. Although the actual feast day is September 24, the festivities begin a few days beforehand.
The parades include papier maché “giants” and a popular dance Sardana.
Among more recently introduced traditions are the annual Catalan Wine Fair, a special correfoc, a 10 km race and the pyro-musical, a display featuring synchronized fireworks, water fountains and music conducted at the base of the Montjuïc mountain.
Keywords: Giants, Gegants, Fireworks, Concerts, Cirkus, Festa Major, Correfoc, Fire Run