La Paloma Dancehall, February 2023
In 2007, 104 years after it first welcomed revellers from across Barcelona, the La Paloma dance hall shut its doors for what many thought was the last time. Forced to close down by the local government after years of noise complaints, the iconic venue (formerly home to a bronze foundry) was revered by its regulars and they mourned its loss.
Owner Mercé March never gave up the fight to reopen the beloved nightspot, and in 2023, La Paloma was ready to welcome partygoers again. I was fortunate enough to visit over the weekend of ‘Carnaval‘, the raucous fiestas that are celebrated across Spain to mark the beginning of Lent. Banned during Franco’s time, the tradition of wild Carnaval parties was revived with a vengeance after his death in 1975. Seen from La Paloma’s balconies, the crowd forms one jubilant mass that bounces to disco beats.
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