Vilafranca hosts a day of human castle festivities

This Monday, the Catalan town of Vilafranca del Penedès hosted the Sant Fèlix festivity, the human tower day of excellence. Various human castle groups surrounding towns wowed the crowd with their towering formations.


August 31, 2010 01:53 PM

Vilafranca del Penedès (ACN).- More the 2,500 people filled Vilafranca’s Plaça de la Vila this afternoon for a day of activities dedicated to the Catalan tradition of human castle building. The day of Sant Fèlix began with a performance by the group Colla dels Castellers de Vilafranca who built a 9-story, 4 person per story castle. There were followed by the group Colla Vella de Valls, who unfortunately suffered two collapses at the event. The group La Colla Jove de Valls began their performance with an 8-story, 5 person per story castle. Then the Minyons de Terrassa went on with a 9-story, three-base castle, at the ground floor as well as at the first and second story.

The Castellers de Vilafranca led the second round of the day as they constructed a spectacular 9-story, 5 person per story castle in one try and later dismantled without problems. The Colla Vella de Valls group suffered yet another collapse in the second round, resulting in minor injuries. The Minyons de Terrassa then formed one of the most spectacular castles, an 8-story pillar, which consists of a single person per story tower. It needed 3 bases to sustain itself. This achievement brought the group to their highest level recorded in 2000 and considered the best human castle of their history.