Pollensa.— Over three thousand people are expected for this year's event on 2 August, and the authorities, concerned about the safety of participants and visitors, have established a security perimeter under a new promotional campaign entitled “Be civil: Party Sensibly”. “We have always said that this party is for citizens born or residing in Pollensa, but every year we see an avalanche of outsiders, who are not familiar with the details of the event, which sometimes can generate uncomfortable situations,” said the local Mayor Bartomeu Cifre.

To prevent possible accidents during the reenactment of the battle between Christians and Moors dating back to 1550, the council has drawn up a map of the possible risk areas, particularly the “battle zones,” and have warned citizens with disabilities, the elderly, families with small children and mothers with prams to stay clear of those areas. Authorities also confirmed some changes to this year's event, opting for a more ancient and traditional approach, in order to attract more locals to the fiesta, who in the past have been left out. “Silence is vital on the early morning hours of the 2 August during the sunrise and during the invocation for the Holy Virgin by Joan Mas in the Placa de L'Almoina.”

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