For the 19th year the Graham Avenue was the promenade for the 3 Kings Day Parade. This annual festivity celebrates the area’s Latin American community, and brightens Graham Avenue with marching bands, colorful floats, dancing troupes, vintage cars, and more.
The parade also has hearty participation from local schools, where most of the kids get to feel like royalty as they ride on floats with crowns on their heads. Schools participating this year were: PS 34, PS 106, PS 120, PS 151, PS 147, PS 157, PS 257, PS 319, and Brooklyn Arbor.
The Comparsa de Chinelos Guadalupana from Morelos Mexico, danced and twirled in their costumes down the avenue. Community organizations such as Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow and the Doe Fund walked the walk.
The symbolic royalty, Los Reyes Magos and Virgen Maria with camels and goats, stand assembled at the start of the parade. The NYPD was out in front with a mounted unit and their marching band. Right behind them were the official royalty of 2016’s 3 Kings Parade: Grand Marshall – Pedro Rosa Nales (WAPA TV’s newsanchor), Godfather – CM. Antonio Reynoso, and Godmother – Alexandra Hernandez (PS 257’s Marching Band Director), and they cut the ceremonial ribbon with Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez and Assemblywoman Maritza Davila and lead the parade up Graham Avenue.
After the parade concluded there was a distribution of free toys to the children in the community at All Saints Church on Throop Avenue
And with that the holiday season was officially over.