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Next time you’re in Gràcia, don’t be surprised if there’s someone rummaging in the bins for blue plastic bottle lids: they’re probably putting the finishing touches to a chandelier or a wolf’s nose. It’s all part and parcel of the finest barrio shindig of them all: the Festa Major de Gràcia, which this year takes place between the 15th and 21st of August. 17 streets prepare year-round for the hotly fought street-decorating competition and the results are always nothing short of spectacular. In addition to the thrill of walking past a butcher’s shop that’s been transformed into part of Aladdin’s Cave, there are over 500 events planned at different venues across Gràcia, from Castellers to childrens’ workshops, live music to theatre. Residents should make sure they get lots of sleep in preparation for a week of sleepless nights as the entertainment starts at midday and goes through until midnight.
To see the streets at their best, it’s worth having a wander round during the day when it’s less busy and then returning at night. Carrer Perla, Carrer Joan Blanques and Carrer Verdi in particular are known for pulling out all the stops.
You can download the full programme at: www.festamajordegracia.cat