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AQ Slideshow: New York City Celebrates Three Kings Day

Thousands packed the streets of Spanish Harlem to mark the annual event.


The holiday season often does not end on New Year’s Day for Spanish speakers around the world. Each year, on January 6, many observe El Día de los Reyes, or Three Kings Day, by exchanging gifts to commemorate the visit of the three wise men to the infant Jesus in Bethlehem.

In New York City, El Museo del Barrio celebrates the day with a festive parade through Spanish Harlem, featuring camels, music, dancers, giant puppets—and even live camels. More than 3,000 schoolchildren joined in this year’s procession to mark the museum’s 35th annual parade.

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Tags: Día de los Reyes, New York City, Culture

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