STAFF REPORTER CARNIVAL time is here - across Europe, the ancient tradition of sweeping away Winter misery and ushering in the bright Spring days of new growth and life is the theme for all parades, whatever national variations might prevail.

Majorca is no exception and in Palma yesterday, children of the city were taking their sense of fun and disguise out onto the streets of the city for the “Sa Rueta” parade. Prizes are organised for various groups of participants and it is not the case that the most expensive floats and costumes are automatically the winners. Judges are looking for originality and effort, with plenty of families working behind the scenes for weeks to make sure that the suburb, school or activity centre their children represent is kitted out with flair, imagination and finesse.

Onlookers didn't have to come to Palma to take part in the celebrations with outlying municipalities of the Island holding their own spectacular Carnival events. Those towns in outlying areas celebrating yesterday included Andratx, Buger, Calvia, Campanet, Can Picafort, Capdepera, Felanitx, Inca, Llucmajor, Manacor, Petra, Pollensa, and Porreres. Today the adults get their chance to parade in “Sa Rua” in Palma. Other towns holding Carnival events today are Muro, S'Arenal, Santanyi and Santa Margalida.