Local fiestas - Children
Local fiestas
The dates for this year's event are already known, but details and the programme are still to be confirmed.

The Fiesta de San José Oriol is full of popular culture activities, diverse and for all ages. Many acts are performed by the Gegants del Pi, which are some of the oldest in Catalonia: the first reference of its main characters, Mustafá and Elisenda, is from 1601, and that of Oriol and Laia, from 1780. For several days it was they enact the legend of the saint and the robberies of the Catalan bandit Perot Rocaguinarda, who was a neighbor of the quarter. Also noteworthy among the activities of this festival are the Mulassa night parade, the Oriols parade, the meeting of giants, big-heads and beasts, the day of human towers and the dances.

The Festes of San José Oriol is celebrated since 1995, when the Association of Friends of the Gegants del Pi and the merchants and neighbors of the quarter decided to remember the figure of Josep Oriol (saint who was born and lived in the area the second half of the 17th century , very revered for his dedication to the sick and the poor) with a variety of events around the festivity.

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Most outstanding activities of the Festival of San José Oriol 2023

Start of the festivities

Fiestas Proclamation by Mr. Joan Anton Maragall, director of the Sala Parés on Carrer de Petritxol and a resident of the neighbourhood. Then there will be the traditional Remembrance of the miracle of the coins of Sant Josep Oriol, the Announcement of the "Baladrer", the Thunderstorm at the start of the Fiestas, the Announcement Parade and the Dance of the four original Giants of the Pi, figures from the 19th century who only go out that day.

Date and time: March 18 at 10:30 a.m.
Place: Plaça del Pi

Diada Castellera (human castles)

Diada Castellera with the Castellers de Barcelona, la Jove de Barcelona and those from Cerdanyola.

Date and time: March 18 at 5:00 p.m.
Place: Plaça del Pi

The Altarpiece of Sant Josep Oriol

Sacred drama represented by hundreds of people, who make this spectacular work possible in which the original small giants of Pi and Mulassa of Barcelona participate.

Date and time: March 18 at 8:00 p.m.
Location: Basilica of Santa Maria del Pi

Beasties. The guests of the Lleó and the Mulassa of Barcelona

In this edition, Lleó will invite the Àliga de Mataró, who rarely leave their city. The Mulasses of Barcelona will receive the Mulasses of Vilanova y la Geltrú, one of the most emblematic beasts of Catalonia.

Date and time: March 19 at 10:45 a.m.
Start place: Plaça de Sant Felip Neri

Children's parade

Pasacaglia in which the neighborhood schools participate.

Date and time: March 24 at 6:00 p.m.
Start place: Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol


Accompanied by the Marxing Band of the Taller de Músics del Raval, the Barcelona Mulassa will go on a festive walk, which will end with a dance that will then give way to the dance of the Festival at 11:00 p.m. in Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol.

Date and time: March 24 at 9:30 p.m.
Start place: Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol

The parade of the Oriols

One of the most anticipated acts. It begins with the traditional Passejada dels Oriols (the giants of Ciutat Vella) who, invited by the giant Oriol del Pi, make a floral offering to Sant Josep Oriol while the neighbors throw chocolate coins.

Date and time: March 25 at 11:45 a.m.
Start place: Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol

The robberies of Perot lo lladre

A gymkhana to rob shops and discover where Perot lo lladre (the thief) is hiding.

Date and time: March 25 at 6:15 p.m.
Starting place: Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol. Perot will hide in a shop on Pi, Boters, Portaferrissa, Petritxol, Cardenal Casanyes, Boquería, Banys Nous, Ave María streets, and in Pi and Sant Josep Oriol squares

Grallers morning

The grallas and drums from all over the city will awaken the neighborhood with their tour of music and gunpowder shots.

Date and time: March 26 at 8:00 a.m.
Start place: Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol

Meeting of Giants, Bigheads, Bestiary and traditional dances

They will come from all over Catalonia to accompany the Gigantes del Pi, el Lleó and the Mulassa of Barcelona in the most massive act of the Sant Josep Oriol festivities.

Date and time: March 26 at 10:00 a.m.
Place: Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol

Final Dances

With the dance of the guest characters and the Pi Giants

Date and time: March 26 at 1:30 p.m.
Place: Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol

Thunderstorm, end of party

In charge of the Estalella Pyrotechnics. It can be seen from the squares and streets around the Basilica.

Date and time: March 26 at 1:45 p.m.
Place: bell tower of the Basilica of Santa Maria del Pi.

Free event
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Ciutat Vella - Barri Gòtic
Barri del Pi

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