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.

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Hanging Out in the ‘Hood… Festa Major de Gracia 2012

Just about every night for the last 10 days, the kids and I have been taking an evening 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 Continue reading

Festa de Gracia

Every year the neighborhood of Gracia competes in a street decorating contest that has become incredibly popular in the city for locals and tourists alike.  This is a time where although we do not have friends in our neighborhood, I can see how you can have a close knit group despite the fact that you are in the city.  That you do not need to be in the suburbs of Julie-ville (though I miss Julie-ville) in order to be a part of a community such as this.  Continue reading