The line-up of festivities for Sant Antoni will be filling the streets with traditional celebrations such as cavalcades and correfocs, or fire-runs.
Each year local festivities are held for Sant Antoni, a series of activities around the Feast of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals. This includes many events with a long history behind them but the oldest of these is the Tres Tombs de Barcelona, which first started out 195 years ago. This tradition involves processions with animals such as horses, asses and donkeys, and cavalcades with carriages through the streets of various neighbourhoods in Barcelona.
This year there will be a full range of activities for Sant Antoni from 10 to 26 January. As tradition has it, the celebrations will kick off with a procession through the streets and a concert by Tradicionarius. The following day the Satànica de Sant Andreu group will be putting on an event called “Els Tres Tombs Infernals” and they always take their audiences breath away with their set design. On Sunday, 13 January, there will be the first big event, the Tres Tombs Cavalcade in Sant Andreu de Palomar, which will see animals and carriages passing through the streets. Another interesting, but not so traditional event, is the Porkada del Clot, on the 18th, with workshops, a procession, a correfoc and much more. The main event is on 25 January with the Tres Tombs de Sant Antoni Cavalcade where a long line of carriages, floats, animals and vehicles will pass through the city. Last but not least, there are the Sant Antoni de sa Pobla Bonfires in Gràcia, also on the 25th, with the traditional procession and lighting of the bonfires. On top of that, there are many other activities for all audiences.
All the events are free and open to everyone. You can find all the information on the Barcelona City Council website.
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