The district of Balsicas celebrates its festivities from Saturday 21 to Saturday 28 December with a programme that combines tradition with other recreational activities and, in addition to being celebrated on the occasion of Los Santos Inocentes, honours the patron saint of the municipality, La Purísima Concepción.

The celebrations will begin this Saturday with the announcement by a neighbour of the district Salvador Ardil Moreno from 9pm. Next, a tribute will be made to Francisco García Vivancos and José García, ‘Burro Mayor’ and ‘Panderetero’ respectively. The night will continue with a dance exhibition by Juan Antonio Iglesias’ school and a party by DJs Mateo and Horacio.

On Sunday, December 22, the events will begin at 4pm with a costume party and the election of the Infant Queen and King and Adult Kings. This children’s party will feature ZOE Animation, children’s games and free bouncy castle. At 5pm there will be musical bingo and then a performance by Esencia Karaoke and Los Faustinos.

The programme will resume on Friday, December 27 at 8pm with the play ‘The park of the bachelor’ by the theatre group of the Centre for the Elderly of Mazarrón which will be followed by a “cuadrilas” meeting in which the groups of Isla Plana, La Aljorra, Vergel de las Torres and Las Balsicas will participate.

On Saturday, December 28, the procession will be held in honour of the patron saint with singing from 9.30am with the accompaniment of the band of drums and bugles. At 1.10pm a migas coompetition will be held for which the festival commission will provide flour and oil.

In the afternoon, after 4pm, there will be a game of “caliche” for males and females and musical bingo. At 5.30pm the performance of De Rosa dance school will take place, with a snack for all the children attending. At 7pm magician Guillermo Avilés’ will perfom and afterwards at 8.30pm music will return with a performances from MC SOZE and Jota Rock.

Sunday 29 will be the last day of the festivities that will begin at 10.30am with singing and dancing from “cuadrillas” of Las Balsicas and La Aljorra. At 1.30pm the Mass will be held with singing in honour of the patron and, after it is over, the traditional “brays” will be given with Bartolo ‘El Taibilla’ and Paco ‘The Minister’.

At 3pm, attendees can taste a giant paella during which a musical bingo will be held. At 6pm a popular festival will take place enlivened by singer David Andreu and a piñata whose winner will be presented with a surprise gift. The festivities will end with fireworks.