It’s red against yellow, today. Canamunt vs. Canavall. La Batalla de Agua de Palma, the fight between the two neighborhoods, dates back 400 years. And the history is rather bloody. But the re-enactment as water battle is fun for all involved.
And afterwards everybody parties and dances on Plaça de las Tortugas. No matter which gang you are with. For the first time, the popular event took place in the center of Palma. Instead of Parc de la Mar where the street food festival Van Van Market is happening this weekend.
Canamunt and Canavall denote the neighborhoods in the upper and lower parts of the city. Noble families from the two barrios were at odds with each other. And the fights of the rival gangs claimed many victims. Until today, many inhabitants of Palma identify themselves with Canamunt or Canavall. Fortunately, however, gangs in red and yellow now only compete against each other in La Batalla de Agua.