Three Three Kings Celebrations Journey Around COVID-19

The Three Kings at Woodhull Hospital shared gifts with children of the community on January 6. Photo Credit: Lori Ann Doyon

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.  

Three Kings Parade Exec. Dir. Alejandro Zayas, Jessica Arocho, District 36 Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Parade Dancer, and Tommy Torres Photo Credit: Lori Ann Doyon


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.

The Three Kings Parade float at its launch point on Graham Avenue and Grand Street. Assembly Member Maritza Davila joins the kings and the Holy Family as they start their journey to distribute more toys Photo Credit: Lori Ann Doyon

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.
Click on the links below to view:

El Puente Three Kings Day Celebration Part 1

El Puente Three Kings Day Celebration Part 2

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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