Friday, September 24, 2010
Barcelona La Merce - Postcard Friendship Friday #30
I thought this wonderful old postcard from my collection was perfect to celebrate the Barcelona La Merce Festival where one of the longest and biggest street parties in the world takes place each year.
This year the party goes from September 23-26. The festival is held in honor of Mare de Deu de la Merce, the Patron Saint of Barcelona. The festival, which started in 1902, bids goodbye to the summer with a bang and welcomes in the cooler months of autumn.
At dusk, the area where the celebration takes place is closed to traffic and opened to "The Devils." (Eeeek!) People in devil costumes run up and down the streets with drums, noisemakers and hand-held fireworks. Spectacular fire-breathing dragons also roam the streets with the devils. These dragons actually blow sparkling fire into the crowds! Perhaps that is why protective clothing is advised.
Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!
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