19 May 2007

Parc de la Ciutadella

By this weekend, my parents were occupied with their MIT Alumni Tour of Barcelona (and then San Sebastian). I decided to check out the large park at the eastern edge of Barcelona called Ciutadella. Much to my surprise there was a huge 30th anniversary celebration of something – I never figured out what. Many people were riding bikes on a route through the streets that culminated at the Arc d'Triomphe just north of Ciutadella. The entire area was decorated with balloons, and there was music playing and a loud speaker that I believe was encouraging cheering for the bike riders.

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This was quite a family friendly celebration. There were areas set up for kids to play games and look at a (heavy?) metal band:

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The park has a large fountain centrally located, with ducks swimming in the pond. Later, the girls would have fun feeding the ducks bread. There was a stage set up here with announcements about the celebration and a rousing rendition of happy birthday in Catalan. The singing was followed by a parade that included larger-than-life people on stilts. Evidently this couple is Jaume and (can't remember – Victoria?); they are paraded out for many celebrations.

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