In 1830, a Gràcia baker called Josep Vidal i Granés fell desperately ill. He vowed that, if God cured him, he would make an annual pilgrimage to the Chapel of Sant Medir, which was located in his hometown of Sant Cugat del Vallès. Following his recovery, he announced his first pilgrimage by banging a drum and handing out sweets. Every year, more and more friends joined him, and together they formed the first colla (‘group’) of the Sant Medir festival. Today, there are nearly thirty colles that annually participate in a procession of horses, carts and lorries through the streets of Gràcia. Taking place on March 3rd, this year’s parade will begin along Gran de Gràcia at 8pm, and will finish in Els Jardinets de Gràcia.
It is advised to bring an umbrella because, whether or not there’s a chance of rain, you can always turn it over to catch the sweets showering down onto the crowd.
Free entry. More information here.