By Ellie Nan Storck
August 24, 2016

Every August in one of Barcelona’s most celebrated neighborhoods, locals and travelers fill Gracia’s storied streets for the annual Festa Major de Gracia. For eight days, the neighborhood’s community creates vibrant displays and partakes in a lively celebration of Catalan culture.

Located about 20 minutes from the center of the city, Gracia was an independent town until the late 19th century, so the community remains proud and close-knit. During the annual festival, residents compete for the title "Best Decorated Street," so the decorations are riotous and plentiful. (Don't worry; many of the materials are recycled.)

Established in 1817, this festival brings roughly 1.5 million people a year to the neighborhood for the street celebrations. While the festival is put on primarily for residents and locals, those who live in Gracia kindly welcome travelers from all over the world to respectfully participate in the celebration.

Intrigued? Check out the video, above.