Updated on 01/22/21 to include video links to El Puente‘s Three Kings Presentation
NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull and Brooklyn Three Kings Parade organizers kept up the 25-year Graham Avenue tradition that celebrates Dia de Los Reyes, a celebration of the Epiphany started by Radames Millan. In Spanish speaking cultures, this is the original day when gifts are exchanged and one of the features of the parade was to give out gifts to local children. COVID-19 didn’t stop Santa, and the Three Kings have three times the persistence.
On January 6, the date of the Epiphany, the Three Kings arrived at Woodhull as did a king’s ransom in toys, which were given out to children from infant to 10-years old. Local elected officials also dropped by.
On the following Saturday afternoon, the Three Kings and Mary travelled by float along Graham Avenue, which played holiday songs. The end of their journey was Action in Christ International on Leonard and Stagg Streets, where there was a second toy distribution for children under 13. The organizers didn’t promote the float’s journey as they didn’t want to encourage a large gathering during these times.
The third observation of this celebration
will be was presented on January 17 when El Puente will present presented their 34th Annual Three Kings Celebration/Celebración anual de los Reyes Magos on their facebook page via live video @elpuente.presente.
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