Parade to Celebrate Epiphany and Caribbean Culture

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(left) The appearance of Three Kings as always ends the parade (right) Llamas (along with camels, sheep, and donkeys) are always full of surprises for the crowd and their handlers.

On January 7, 2018 the 21st annual Brooklyn Three Kings Day Parade will begin its march down Graham Avenue from Meeker to Broadway. This year’s parade is dedicated to the children and families of Puerto Rico who strive for social and economic justice.

Each year the parade celebrates the joy of cultural tradition. The “Dia de Los Reyes” is a celebration of the Epiphany, when the Three Kings (Balthazar, Caspar, and Melchior) gave their gifts to the Christ child. In Spanish speaking cultures, this is the original day when gifts are exchanged (in place of or in addition to Santa bringing presents on the 25th).  School and community groups, dancers, bands, floats, camels, donkeys, sheep, will precede the Three Kings in their procession backed by Caribbean and Latin American beats. After the parade the Kings will give out gifts to the children who paraded.

UPDATE: The Three Kings Day Parade has been rescheduled for Sunday, January 21st at 2PM. The meeting place will remain the same.

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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