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Double Fun in Mallorca

Super festival weekend

By an amazing coincidence the first weekend in March hosts two big free fiestas in Mallorca. Friday 1st March is the 'national' Day of the Balearic Islands and is a public holiday, and Sunday 3rd March is one of the main days of the 'Carnaval' or Mardi Gras fiesta.

Both the fiestas have events taking place all over Mallorca but obviously the biggest and best are scheduled for Palma. The programme for Balearic Day hasn't been released yet but normally includes free music concerts of all denominations, lots of gastronomic events, markets, sporting activities, a bit of culture, museums and galleries open for free and free train travel on the EMT lines (not the Soller train) all over the island.

Nominally a one day fiesta, there are normally activities taking place for four or five days and with it being a long weekend, there is sure to be plenty going on.

Carnaval, the celebration which heralds Lent, or 40 days of fasting traditionally takes place in Palma on the Sunday afternoon before the Tuesday of Mardi Gras Fame. Other towns in Mallorca all have their own days for the riotous fancy dress procession through the streets so you could in theory, catch about 5 carnival parades if you wished.

In Palma, the big procession, known as Sa Rua, featuring floats, bands, music, confetti, sweets and thousands of participants parading along the crowd thronged streets starts at 17:00 on Sunday 3rd March. This year's theme is 'carrer de colors' which gives a pretty wide theme to interpret for the schools, colleges, neighbours associations, and national groups which take part.

The parade starts at the Passeig Mallorca and heads noisily down Jaume III, Plaça del Rei Joan Carles I, Unió, Riera before finishing up at La Rambla. If you're in Mallorca that weekend you won't fail to find some of the events planned for both fiestas.


photos from Palma City Council