Palma City Council today presented this year’s Three Kings’ parade with the assistance of the main sponsors of the procession. In accordance with tradition, it is Melchoir, Caspar and Balthazar who bring Christmas presents to children who have been good throughout the year, although Santa Claus is getting more and more into the commercial mix.
The Three Kings will arrive by boat in the old port of Palma in front of La Lonja at 6pm on 5 January. Once on dry land, they will be welcomed with a performance by the Circo Alegria circus, before parading through the city accompanied by a host of floats and marching bands which will distribute 5,050 gluten-free sweets to the tens of thousands of excited children and their parents who will be lining the route.
Prior to this, on 3 January, at midday, the Royal Pages will be received at Palma City Hall to officially inform the local authority of the pending arrival of the Three Kings. Earlier, at 11.30am, a children’s theatre will perform in front of City Hall.
This year’s processions are going to have a nautical theme and most of the floats have been newly designed so that next year many of the elements used can be recycled and reused.