Three Kings Parade (El Dia de los Reyes Magos)

From: Spain Festivals and Events 2016-2017

See also: Seville Three Kings ParadeBarcelona Three Kings ParadeMadrid Three Kings ParadeGranada Three Kings Parade

Three Kings Parade • Spain
The Three Kings Parade or Los Reyes Magos is one of the most anticipated events of the year and is widely celebrated throughout the country.

Every year large crowds gather along a predetermined parade route and eagerly await the arrival of the three Kings known as Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar. The Three Kings are beautifully dressed in elaborate costumes and arrive in great style sometimes on a float and other times on horseback or even by camel and distribute sweets and candy to the delight of the spectators along the route.

As well as the three kings there are also numerous other floats participating in the event, which are often creatively decorated in a variety of different themes and styles also giving sweets to the hundreds of people who line the streets, with accompanying dancers, musicians, acrobats and plenty of theatrics adding to the entertainment of this unique parade.

Some of the parades also feature live animals which in the past have included animals such as elephants and horse drawn carriages.

The following day is the Epiphany and this is when the majority of presents are opened and exchanged and when families will often get together for a family meal and eat the Roscon de Reyes, which is a sweetbread that is covered with sugared fruits. Within each roscon are hidden a bean and a figurine and the tradition is that whoever receives the piece with the figurine is King or Queen for the day and whoever receives the bean must pay for the roscon.

Date Of Three Kings Parade
The Three Kings Parade takes place on the 5th of January each year and is followed by the Epiphany on the 6th, 12 days after Christmas

The Three Kings Parade takes place throughout much of the country with elaborate events within cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, Seville and Granada.

Travel Guide
The parade routes within each city can cause some travel disruption although there are usually plenty of travel options available, be prepared for public transport, taxis, car parking and the roads in general to be extra busy on this popular day.