PARADES across the Balearic Islands celebrating the Feast of the Three Kings yesterday were threatened by heavy rainfall during the early part of the evening and some outlying areas of Majorca were forced to bring proceedings to an early close.

In Palma, in other towns and rural areas of Majorca and right across the Balearics, excited youngsters and their families huddled in archways and sheltered in shop fronts from the driving rain, making sure they would have a good view of the royal visitors' parade as it passed.

A cannon salute heralded the arrival of Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar in the Port of Palma just below the Cathedral. Their parade through the city was scheduled an hour earlier than in previous years to enable children and their families to get home, and to bed, sooner.

As per last year, there were 14 floats and 11 music and dance groups parading up Avenida Antoni Maura, the Borne, Calle Unió, Las Ramblas, Vía Roma, Bisbe Campins, Calle Cerdanya, Paseo Mallorca, Av. Jaume III, and back down the Borne as far as Plaza Reina.


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