Barcelona is known for its football, its culture and its architecture – but like all cities on the Iberian Peninsula, it knows how to put on a great festival.
One of the best occurs in early March and is known as the Fiesta de San Medir.
Taking place in the arty district of Gracia, the event celebrates the life of San Medir, or Santo Emeterio, who is the patron saint of broad beans.
Luckily, for those with a sweet tooth anyway, that tradition seems to have been widely forgotten about and now the sugar plant is the champion of the day.
A parade takes to the streets, with horses and carriages all dressed up in colourful costumes, and passengers throw sweets to the crowds gathered on the Calle Grande de Gracia.
At the end of the festival a firework display takes place in the Jardinets de Gracia, marking the end of a day where not a single broad bean has been celebrated.
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