The annual fiestas of Pollença are known around Mallorca as one of the greatest and most splendid on the island. While we already told you about the Sant Antoni festival in winter time, now we're telling you about the town's summer-time patron-saint celebrations: la Patrona.
"Mother of God and the Angels help us, Pollençins get up, the pirates are here!"Hundreds of Pollençins woke up and fought Dragut's numerous forces, still dressed in their pyjamas and armed with anything they could find: sticks, oars, tridents...
It all begins on the night of the 1st to the 2nd, with the traditional "Alborada", at 5am, a piece of music in honour of the sunrise and which the marching band plays in different emblematic places around the town.
In the morning, the cossiers and la dama dance in a spectacle well worth seeing and which is just the beginning of the day: in the afternoon Pollença is filled with thousands of curious visitors wishing to see the re-enactment, in which the town's folk dress in Moorish or Christian attire and "battle" amongst themselves for the streets of Pollença. At 7 in the evening, a young man chosen15 days earlier to play the role of Joan Mas, shouts the famous words and all hell breaks loose.
After combat on the town's football pitch, the Sarracen troops surrender to the Christians and head towards the church to celebrate their victory.