Pollença may be in a bit of a dilemma today. The Fiestas de la Patrona de Pollença 2009 started last Saturday, July 25th, with activities scheduled to come to their high point and conclusion today, August 2nd.
But what about last Thursday’s car bomb? What about the two dead Guardia Civil agents, and what about the three days of island-wide mourning? Perhaps the Patrona fiestas in Pollença may have to do without their annual battle of the Moros i Cristians tonight.
I could not find any information on the Internet, not even on the Ajuntament de Pollença website, regarding a possible cancelation of the festivities, but I would be surprised if events would go ahead as planned. If you want to go for the procession of the Patrona statue at 18h00, the mock battle at 19h00 or the grand fireworks castle display at 24h00, you have been warned.
Joan Mas and his faithful Mallorcan followers, Dragut and his brave Saracen pirates as well as all of us just may have to wait until this time next year for another big and jolly booze-up.
It would seem that the event took place after all. I think it was a wrong decision to have Joan Mas cry “Mare de Déu del Àngels, assistiu-nos! Pollencins, alçau-vos! Els pirates són aquí!” yesterday. A three day of mourning had been decreed by the Govern de les Illes Balears in consequence of the car bombing in Palmanova last week.
The photo was chosen from my archive. It was taken in Pollença, Mallorca, Spain. The date: August 2nd, 2005. The time was 19:39:56.