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Pictures Gegants and Capgrossos

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At Spanish and Catalan festivals you can often see "gegants i capgrossos" (Catalan) or "gigantes y cabezudos" (Spanish) which means "giants and big heads." Geganter is the name for a "giant-carrier." The giants are hollow festival figures usually three or four metres meters tall that show the upper part of the figure and have a skirt covering the lower part. There are around 100 papier-maché giant figures and 1000 giant-carriers in Barcelona. The "capgrossos" are the festival figures with huge heads that are worn on the head and shoulders and the person wearing a "capgrosso" looks out through the mouth opening. They are made out of papier-maché.  Gegants and capgrossosalso can be seen at most Catalan festivals in the "cercavila" parade, which literally means "around the village" 



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Many districts and neighbourhoods have their own figures and during certain festivals, like the Merce Festival in Barcelona, all the giants and other figures join in a parade together. Visit our listing about Gegants i Capgrossos to find useful links about this Catalan tradition.


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At the Merce Festival in Barcelona there is  a parade called "Xambanga de Gegants " - Giants’ Xambanga, where giants from many groups participate.

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