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Festes de Sant Roc de la Plaça Nova 2023

Barcelona's oldest festival

Event date:
12th to 16th August 2023

Event location:
Barri de Sant Roc - Plaça Nova - Barcelona cathedral


Festes de Sant Roc de la Plaça Nova, (also called Festes de Sant Roc) is Barcelona's oldest festival. The Sant Roc festival has celebrated Saint Roch  in the neighbourhood Barri de Sant Roc - Pl. Nova for 434 years since 1589. The main festivities take place on Plaça Nova by Barcelona cathedral. The festival includes the festival procession "El Seguici de sant Roc," - sardanas dancing - havanares sea shanty singing groups - a correfoc firerun - castellars human tower building - puntaires lacemaking - gegants giants by the group 'colla de la plaça Nova' and the traditional Sant Roc dog show 'la festa del gos.'

Two highlights of Sant Roc festival in Barcelona are the la cucanya contest, which involves walking across a greasy pole - and the drinking contest glops amb el porró llarg which involves drinking wine from a oversized version of the typical spouted Catalan porró wine carafe.  

Programme 2023 Festes de Sant Roc (in Catalan)


Saturday 12th August 2023
  • Opening parade 6pm Plaça Nova
  • Sardanes dancing 7.10 pm. Plaça Nova

Tuesday 15th August 2023
  • Giants ball Plaça Nova 5pm

Wednesday 16th August - Dia de Sant Roc
  • Parade Plaça Nova 9.30am 
  • Correfoc - firerun 10-15 pm on Plaça Nova
  • Fireworks Plaça Nova 10.55 pm.

Organised by Associació Festes Plaça Nova

Wikipedia Saint Roch
Catalan traditions
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