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Palma: land of the giants

Dancing giants in Palma city centre

An old Mallorcan tradition comes to Palma tomorrow, Saturday 10th September, when a gaggle of over 30 giants make their considerable and lofty presence felt in the city centre. It's the 20th Meeting of the Palma Giants and features a procession around the main streets and a dance by all the tall participants.

dancing giants

The tradition of giants can be traced back as far as 1630 to Soller with various ups and downs through the years though they are now seen as an essential part of folk custom and heritage. Constructed of light wood and cardboard, the giants are an incredible 4 metres tall and normally dressed as Mallorcan country folk with agricultural tools, baskets, fans and musical instruments.

The 'big' parade kicks off at 10:00 at the far end of the Calle San Miguel and then winds its way down the whole street, through the Plaza Mayor, Calle Colon, Plaza de Cort, Calle Conquistador, Plaza de la Reina and finally to the Paseo del Borne where, at around 12:00 the dancing begins!

Accompanying the giants this year will be a phalanx of other participants including fire monsters, demons and folk music and dancers. It's a slice of island life that, if you have the chance to see, you shouldn't miss.