People love fire here in Catalunya and the “Correfocs“, that means “fire-runs”, is the must incendiary activity present in any Catalan festivals, as you can see in the set of pictures I took during the Correfoc of La Mercè (the annual festival of Barcelona, also known as “La Festa Major”) last Sunday.
In the correfoc, lots of people (maybe thousands) dressed as devils running with dragons and lighting fireworks – fixed on devil’s pitchforks – take the streets from top to bottom, dancing all around to the sound of a rhythmic drum group.
Everybody runs with the fire over their heads among crowds of spectators and, between them, some crazy ones, as myself, follow them with our cameras.
As I have read some time ago, the European Union would like to prohibit this activity, but lucky, the initiative has not prospered. I have over 12 years photographing the Correfocs and I really do not want the ban; I wait all year for La Mercè and their Correfocs.
If you like this set, you can see another set of the same series in my Flikr page.