A “castell” is a human tower traditionally built during festivals in many places in Catalonia, Spain. Over the weekend, in the Barcelona neighborhood of Gracia, teams competed to build the most impressive human towers.
These shots are absolutely mind-blowing:
(All pics via Emilio Morenatti of the Associated Press, who, as an aside, lost a leg in a bomb blast in Afghanistan in 2009 and offered great hope and advice to Boston bombing victims a month ago.)
And this is what it looks like when it all collapses:
And a bonus — li’l dude on top wins the day:
There are no videos on YouTube of this weekend’s festivities, but you can check out past Human Towers here: