Each February/March just before the religious observance of Lent begins, every part of Spain's beautiful island of Mallorca turn into one big carnival and street party. In Palma, the main parade, Sa Rua, is usually held on the second day of the festivities, and a special parade for children, Sa Rueta, is held on the first day. Everyone goes all out in creating fantastic costumes and floats that are made up of bright colors and are meant to tell a specific story, and someone from each parade comes away with bragging rights with an award for the best parade entry.
While the most festive celebrations occur in Palma, there are activities and events going on in every area of the island during this time. Everyone is welcome to join the celebration, and other highlights include a variety of live entertainment, outdoor concerts, street dances, games and various other activities for children, barbecues and an abundance of food vendors around every corner, street performers and incredible displays of fireworks. During the two-day festivities, you'll also find something special offered at just about every restaurant, bar and nightclub on the island.