Festa Major de Gràcia
The dog days of summer hit hard in Barcelona, accounting for the great exodus from the city to the hills and the sea. But as those who find themselves like ghosts haunting the vacant streets beyond the tourist centre in mid-August must know, even dogs don't rest during Gràcia's week-long street party. Although the date of the first Festa Major de Gràcia is in debate - some mention of such a community event appears almost 200 years ago as a religious celebration - it has taken on and maintained its secular form since the middle of the 19th century. The pregó (or opening prayer) takes place on the evening of the 14th. Walk through the street before the party begins and you will find neighbours hard at work, finishing the elaborate decorations on their street before the official party begins on the 15th. Then it's music, magic, fairs and activities for every age, from morning to late into the night, and a transformation of the sleepy streets into a fantasy park that makes you wonder why anyone would want to be anywhere else.
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