St Patrick's day
If there's one day of the year when the Spanish receive a valuable lesson in how to party all day and night and then stay in bed with no work the following day then that day is of course St Patrick's day. Here in Mallorca Santa Ponsa is for some reason the centre of all things Celtic, so much so that if it changed its name to Santa O'Ponsa nobody would mind!
Well, Paddy's day is coming up on the rails like a thoroughbred ridden by Pat Eddery and will be in the winners enclosure on Sunday 19th March in the centre of the resort, two days after the actual Paddy's night, but after a couple of pints of stout who cares?
Starting at 11 in the morning – so pace yourselves – there's plenty of entertainment all through the day with a 100 stall craft market, music, probably a bit of Flatleyesque stamping about and a host of real Irish musicians including Mallorca's very own Raggles – short for Raggle Taggle Gypsies oh! - who were caught on camera in a rare moment of relaxation (photo) but don't normally drink very much at all at all.
There'll be a big parade mid-afternoon, street entertainment throughout the day, and anyone smaller than Pat Eddery, ie the under 10's can enjoy a whole host of kiddies' attractions until the wee small hours of the afternoon!
Now, just to comply with St Patrick's day journalistic regulations I have to mention a few typically Irish words, so here they are; Guinness, shillelagh, shamrock (or is it clover?) shenanigans, and Maureen O'Hara.
Have a great day and enjoy the craic if you're going.