The Muro giants made their first appearance at the celebrations for the patron
saint of the town, Sant Antoni, on 17 January 2004 when they and the devils
led the parade of floats, horses, farm animals and pets of all kinds for the
traditional blessing by the local priest.
Antoni, the piper, plays the xeremias or Mallorcan bagpipe and his
companion, Joan the flabioler, plays the tabor pipe and drum.
Both instruments are essential wherever and whenever Mallorcans gather
to celebrate their traditions. Both measure 3.40 metres, weigh 35 kilos and
were constructed by Kake Portas. Their sponsors at their baptism were Tomeu and Margalida, the Palma giant and giantess.
See also: Xeremiers for further reading on the
xeremias and the music of Mallorca