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by Bartek Molga
Fiesta de Gracia
Fiestas de Gracia 2008
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Fiestas of Gracia 09Carrer Verdi has been transformed into a medieval setting and is the winner of the prize for the best street at this year's festival.
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Fiestas of Gracia 09Medieval flute player entertaining visitors to Carrer Verdi
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Fiestas of Gracia 09As well as decorations, there is also a medieval market
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Fiestas of Gracia 09Another Gràcia street decorated with lights and colour
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Fiestas of Gracia 09Colourful lights convert this street into something special for the week-long Gràcia festival
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Fiestas of Gracia 09On this 'Hansel and Gretel' themed street, Carrer Joan Blanques de Baix, you can see a house made of gingerbread and sweets.
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Fiestas of Gracia 09'Alice in Wonderland' themed street
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Fiestas of Gracia 09Another photo of the 'Alice in Wonderland' street
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Fiestas of Gracia 09This street, Carrer Tordera, is decorated like a tram, and visitors can take a seat and have something to eat. It won the prize for the second-best street decoration.If you have any photos of this year's Gràcia festival, please send them to: email@example.com
Gràcia is in the throes of its 2009 festa major. Below we give you five facts about the annual event and feature a slideshow of photos from this year's festival
1. Historians can’t quite decide whether the Gràcia festes celebrate the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (August 15th) or Sant Roc (16th); previously, the patron of Gràcia was Sant Isidre, whose saint’s day is May 15th.
2. Some parts of Gràcia celebrate their festa major between September 8th and 11th (including Vallcarca, La Salut and the Carrer del Argentona).
3. This year’s edition is dedicated to Nova canço, the anti-Franco musical movement that was born in Catalunya in the Fifties.
4. In 1942, 70 streets and five squares were decorated; by 1977, the number had fallen to under five.
5. Last year, as well as streets, 29 balconies and entryways were decorated, while prizes were awarded for recycling material, lighting and artistic detail, as well as the more traditional honours.
Festa Major de Gràcia 2009
August 15th to 21st