El Museo del Barrio Celebrates the 36th Annual Three Kings Day Parade, 1/4

El Museo del Barrio Celebrates the 36th Annual Three Kings Day Parade, 1/4

El Museo del Barrio will celebrate its 36th Annual Three Kings Day Parade on Friday, January 4, 2013, at 10:30am. The time-honored holiday procession will include Honorary Kings, Madrinas, Padrinos, thousands of school children, real camels, gigantic hand-made puppets, and performers who will bring lively music and colorful dancing to the streets of El Barrio.

At the helm of the parade will be the Three Honorary Kings: award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa; Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs for New York City, Fatima Shama; and Activist Angy Rivera. The Three Kings, Madrinas, and Padrinos participating in the parade were chosen to lead our parade because of their meaningful service and commitment to El Barrio and Latino communities throughout New York City. These three specially appointed Kings will be dressed in costumes created exclusively for the event by the renowned Dominican designer Emilio Sosa, of Project Runway fame. Sosa's striking designs were inspired by Taíno cacique Anacaona, Miguel de Cervantes, and Arturo Schomburg, symbolizing the influences from Pre-Columbian, Spanish, and African traditions that are the roots of Latino culture.

This year's central theme, "El Barrio Unido," pays homage to the Puerto Rican community who has paved the way for new communities who call El Barrio their home. As old and new communities come together, they continue to keep El Barrio's history alive by celebrating the traditions of its people, and the annual Three Kings Day parade is among the most vibrant. An estimated 3,000 schoolchildren will be participating this year, representing 45 New York City schools. Also included in the procession will be local talent and community groups. Prior to the parade, El Museo will host an insider kick-off breakfast at 9:00am including the Kings,Madrinas, Padrinos, and Elected Officials. Confirmed to attend are Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, Senator Jose M. Serrano, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Council Member Gale A. Brewer, and Council Member Jessica S. Lappin.

Among the great lineup of talent participating in the festivities are AbyaYala Arte y Cultura, BombaYo & Friends, Junio Alvarado, Bean Bloco, RokaFella, and Benito Bravo's Ballet Folklorico.

The parade will begin at 10:30am on 106th Street and Madison Avenue, head north on 3rd Avenue to 116th Street and then west to Park Avenue where it will end. A full route map is available in the "Parade Details" link at http://www.elmuseo.org/threekings.