Weekend: Tres Tombs in Sant Andreu, local festival in Sant Antoni and a procession between churches in the Gòtic neighbourhoodThe second weekend of 2019 has plenty to offer, with various popular culture activities in store. Saturday brings the Tres Tombs Infernals performance in Pl. Can Fabra, with the Tres Tombs procession the following day in the Sant Andreu neighbourhood. From Friday 11 to Sunday 20 January the neighbourhood of Sant Antoni is holding its local festival, with early morning drumming, parades, giants, fire runs and popular and ludic activities for people of all ages. Saturday evening also sees the Seguici de les Basíliques de la Barcelona Antigua, a procession commemorating the festive imagery parades from the 17th and 18th centuries.
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After Christmas, New Year and Epiphany, the festivities for Sant Antoni now begin, which are also cause for intense celebrations in the neighbourhood of Sant Andreu this weekend. Plaça de Can Fabra hosts the Tres Tombs Infernals on Saturday evening, a performance where the Colla Satànica de Sant Andreu fire group will be explaining how Satan tempted the saint with worldly pleasures such as sex and drink. This year’s show is set in a hospital accident and emergency unit and combines mythology, fireworks and a triple fire run.
On Sunday morning the neighbourhood of Sant Andreu de Palomar will also be celebrating the Tres Tombs tradition, with all sorts of horses, donkeys and carriages, and lancers from the mounted unit of the city police. The procession with gather at 10 am in the Parc de la Maquinista before setting off at 11.30 am. The blessing of animals takes place in Plaça Orfila at 12.15 pm.
Sant Antoni celebrates
As from Friday, and up until 20 January, the neighbourhood of Sant Antoni is holding its local festival. Besides the traditional festival activities, such as early morning wake-up percussion, the giant parade and the fire run, the programme also includes the Tres Tombs procession and the ‘rifa del porquet’, a raffle for a hamper of goods from local pork butchers. The festival features the usual popular activities, recreation, children’s activities, workshops and events based around gastronomy and commerce. See the full programme for this year’s festival here.
The giant season gets under way
Saturday afternoon also sees the Seguici de les Basíliques de la Barcelona Antiga, an event commemorating the festive imagery parades from the 17th and 18th centuries in the city. This year’s guest of honour is the Ball d’Espases de Cervera, a unique historical tradition regained in 2016. The celebration starts at 6.30 pm, with the procession around the Gòtic neighbourhood setting off from the El Pi church and heading towards the Sant Maria del Mar church.