Mercè 2014: Correfoc

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Mercè 2014: Correfoc
©Pep Herrero

Although the beasts involved in the 'correfoc' (fire-running) have a long tradition of breathing fire, the 'correfoc' as it is known now was born in 1979 and started out as part of a Show of Fantastical Beasts that included mainly Catalan groups outside of Barcelona. The show, with beginnings in traditions such as the dance of the devils that was being performed as early as the 14th century, was born again with the name 'correfoc' and became an instant hit that ended up defining the Mercè festival but that also grew quickly to become part of most of the big celebrations all around Catalonia. The route of this year's 'correfoc' goes from Plaça de Antoni Maura, along Via Laietana and Plaça Antonnio López. You're advised to follow the safety precautions (it does involve fire, after all) so everyone can enjoy the night without incident.

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