Malgrat Summer Festival
The Festa Major de Sant Roc is the result of a vow that the people of Malgrat took in 1651, when the plague had just ravaged the town. Fearing a similar disaster, the inhabitants of Malgrat de Mar entrusted their protection to saints John and Paul and also to Saint Roch, since they considered that those contagious illnesses were frequent and natural remedies ineffective. To honour them, particularly Saint Roch, they resolved that their festivities would be holidays and cause for celebration and ceremony.
That festival, which at first was essentially religious, evolved and led to the current summer festival of Malgrat de Mar (Festa Major de Sant Roc), the main day of which is the day of Saint Roch, on August 16. Several events are held on that day and over the weekends of August: Habaneras concert, quick painting and sand castle competitions, theatre shows, dances, activities on the beach, fireworks, and much more. In 2012, a new performance was included in the festival, la Festa dels Empestats, a re-creation of some scenes from the plague episode set in the old town, such as the moment when the people from Malgrat vowed to honour Saint Roch.
Click to see the programme of Festa Major de Sant Roc.