Disembarkation and Historical Parade to welcome Christopher Colombus:
One of the highlights of this event is the arrival of Columbus. On the first day of the festival, during nightfall, hundreds of people gather on the beach to witness the enactment of the navigator's arrival. The festivity begins with the arrival out on the horizon of a replica of Colombus' ship, the Santa Maria, bringing on board the Genoese navigator and his crew on the way to one of his visits to Porto Santo. The ship lies off the coast and the disembarkation is done through transshipment in small boats.
Once the Admiral sets foot on the beach, there is an instant commotion and welcoming reception, which includes speeches, salutations and gifts for the captain-donee, music and dance and a theatrical representation of this period daily routine. Then a large crowd gathers, representing the various social classes and the clergy for a welcoming parade which takes place through the main streets of the burgh, in order to announce the arrival of Columbus on the island.