Tomorrow evening is one of the most anticipated in the Majorcan calendar. It is the evening when the Three Kings arrive in towns and villages and children can barely contain their excitement and anticipation.
The parades of the Kings and their entourages vary from the grand to the rather modest. The grandest of all is Palma's which will start at 6pm when the Kings arrive at the old pier. In other coastal parts of the island, the Kings typically arrive there by sea as well, and then horses, floats, carriages and showers of sweets are features of the parades which also take their time to stop and perform the adoration of the baby Jesus.
The weather looks as though it should be dry and mild but possibly windy in some parts of the island. There is some concern regarding coastal conditions, for which a yellow alert is out for much of Majorca tomorrow.
Here is a listing of the parades, and note there are some on 6 January as well. As always with this information, it relies on being readily available. If places are missed off, this doesn't mean there aren't parades; just that we have been unable to verify them.
Alcudia. 7.30pm: Arrival of the parade from the port at the Porta des Moll (market square). Adoration, live nativity scene. 8pm: Kings wave from the town hall balcony. 8.15pm: Presents are delivered house by house.
Algaida. 6pm: Kings and the Algaida Band of Music at Sa Plaça. (Pina at 6.45pm.)
Andratx. 7pm: Parade arrives. Plaça Espanya.
Arenal. 5,30pm: Arrival at the yacht club. Accompanied by the band of music from C. Roses to the municipal offices and greeting by the Kings from the balcony, followed by adoration at the church and handing out of gifts at the church hall.
Arta. 7.30pm: From C. Ciutat to the town hall, official reception and giving out of presents.
Biniali. 6.30pm: Arrival of the Kings at the Plaça Església.
Buger. 6.30pm: Arrival of the Kings at the town hall.
Bunyola. 6.30pm: Kings depart Son Serra.
Cala Bona / Cala Millor. 6.30pm: Arrival in Cala Bona. 7pm: Cala Millor church, followed by Kings' party at the civic centre, plus hot chocolate and ensaimadas.
Cala d'Or. 6.30pm: Arrival at the port and then accompaniment by the band of music.
Cala Ratjada. 5pm: Floats, band of drums and cornets and Royal Pages from Elionor Servera to the pier. 6.15pm: Arrival of the Kings at the pier.
Calvia (village). 6.30pm: The Kings and their horses go from C. Major and end at Sa Societat for the present giving.
Campanet. 7pm: Kings arrive at the Plaça Major.
Campos. 7pm: Departure from Creu de sa Parada, adoration at the church, mayor's reception and greeting of children at the town hall.
Can Picafort. 6pm: Arrival of the Kings at the port, parade of floats to the church and handing-out of presents.
Cas Concos. 7pm: By the church.
Colonia Sant Pere. 6.30pm: Arrival at the pier, then to the church and afterwards at the cultural centre.
Consell. 6pm: Parade and then arrival at the Plaça Major. Presents handed out at 7pm.
Costitx. 6pm: Kings and floats arrive.
El Toro. 5pm: Arrival at Port Adriano, where there will be hot chocolate. Then onto El Toro and to the Plaça Migdia and church for the present-giving.
Es Capdellà. 5.30pm: The Kings on horseback from C. Galatzo and to the church for presents. In the Plaça Joana Nogués there will be hot chocolate and ensaimadas on sale.
Esporles. 6pm: Arrival at Plaça de l'Ajuntament and then to the church for the adoration, followed by home delivery of presents.
Estellencs. 6.30pm: At the Plaça Triquet.
Felanitx. 8pm: Arrival at the Plaça sa Font de Santa Margalida.
Lloret de Vistalegre. 7pm: Plaça Església. Arrival of the Kings along with a batucada drum band. Presents handed out in the same square.
Lloseta. 6pm: Avda. Cocó to Plaça Espanya.
Llubi. 6.30pm: C. Carretera to Plaça Església.
Llucmajor. 7pm: Passeig Jaume III to the parish church, accompanied by the band of music, pages and lorries of toys. Kings' reception at the Casa de la Vila, followed by adoration at the church and delivery of presents.
Manacor. 6.20pm: Kings leave from the Torre de ses Puntes. 6.45pm: Parade from Avda. Torrent to Plaça Rector Rubi and parish church, arriving at 7.15pm for the adoration.
Muro. 7pm: The Kings and Pages appear on the Camí de Son Morei. With the Unió Artística Murera band of music and the Carabassamba batucada drum band, they head to the square in front of the church and town hall and then adoration in the church. After this, presents in the square.
Palma. 6pm: Arrival at the Moll Vell. Route starts along Antoni Maura to the Borne, right along Unió to La Rambla and onto the Paseo Mallorca via Bisbe Campins and Ruben Dario. Left into Jaime III, back to the Borne and then down to Plaza de la Reina before the whole entourage moves towards the town hall and the Kings' appearance on the balcony some time around 8.15pm.
Pollensa. 6pm: Along Via Pollentia to Plaça Major.
Porreres. 6.30pm: From the Plaça Moli to Plaça Vila. 6.45pm: Adoration at the church. 7pm: Kings on the town hall balcony. 7.30pm: Delivery of presents.
Porto Cristo. 7pm: Arrival at the pier and then parade to the church and presents.
Portocolom. 6pm: At the pier.
Portopetro. 6pm: At the yacht club.
Puerto Alcudia. 6.15pm: Kings arrive at the old pier. 6.45pm: Parade stops at the church for the adoration and then continues to Alcudia town.
Puerto Andratx. 6.30pm: Presents at the church.
Puerto Pollensa. 6pm: From the military base along Formentor and eventually to the church square, Plaça Miquel Capllonch.
Sa Coma (Sant Llorenç). 6.30pm: From the Avda. Palmeres roundabout to the church. Adoration of a living nativity and handing-out of presents.
Sa Pobla. 6pm: Kings arrive at the Avda. Enginyer Mister Green. Parade to the Plaça Major and adoration of the baby Jesus. Live nativity scene and then presents in front of the town hall.
S'Alqueria Blanca. 7.30pm: At Plaça Sant Josep.
Sant Joan. 7.30pm: From C. Major to the church.
Sant Llorenç. 6.30pm: Kings and the band of music at the town hall, followed by adoration and present-giving at the Plaça Església.
Santa Margalida. 7pm: Mass and adoration following the arrival of the Kings at the church.
Santa Maria del Cami. 7pm: Plaça Hostals to Plaça Vila and church.
Santa Ponsa. 5pm: From Es Castellot to Ramon de Montcada and ultimately at the Galatzo pavilion where, at 7pm, presents will he handed out and there will be hot chocolate.
Santanyi. 7pm: Kings at sa Porta Murada and then to the town hall, adoration at the church and grand parade.
S'Arracó. 6pm: Kings arrive at the church.
Sencelles. 6pm: Kings arrive at Plaça Sencelles.
S'Estanyol. 6.30pm: Arrival at the yacht club. Adoration at the church and then presents at the yacht club.
S'Illot. 6pm: At the pier and then via the Ronda Mati to the church. Presents at the sports centre. Children's entertainment follows the present-giving.
Sineu. 5pm: Children's entertainment by Flip Flop before the Kings arrive. Plaça Fossar, 6pm: Parade from C. Estació to Plaça Fossar and adoration, followed by house-to-house present distribution.
Son Carrio. 6.30pm: The Kings and entertainment from the Daga Gugu theatre.
Son Ferrer (Palmanova / Son Caliu). From Oronella and to the church. Palmanova and Son Caliu take part in this parade of some 75 minutes.
Son Serra de Marina. 6pm: Arrival at the yacht club and parade to the church for the adoration, with presents at the civic centre afterwards.
Son Servera. 8pm: At the Església Nova for adoration, living nativity with the Sa Revetla folkloric association and then presents.
Vilafranca. 6.30pm: From C. Sequer to the church (arriving 7pm).
Campos. 9.30am: Departure of the Kings from the town hall to the Residencia.
Capdepera / Cala Ratjada. 9am / 3pm: Kings and Pages deliver presents.
Paguera. 9am: The Three Kings leave from the esplanade of C. Aina Gaya Mayol, ending at C. Pins and then the church square. Mass, presents, hot chocolate and ensaimadas.
Puerto Soller / Soller. 3.45pm: At the port. 6pm: Start of the parade at the Plaça Constitució.
Sa Rapita. 11am: Arrival of the Kings at the yacht club, followed by adoration at the church and presents at midday back at the yacht club.
Santa Margalida. 9am: Wake the Kings up and then parade from the Rectoria.
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