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Three Kings cavalcade procession 5th January 2016 E-mail

Three Kings Barcelona  

Three King's cavalcade Barcelona 2016

Three Kings Barcelona 5th January 2016 - Kings parade route and map. See pictures of previous years Barcelona Three Kings parade. Recorregut Cavalcada de Reis Mags d'Orient. The Three Kings on 5th January is Barcelona's Christmas parade and the biggest Christmas celebration day in Spain. It is celebrated with the "Three Kings’ Parade" - also known as the “Twelfth Night procession. In Spanish it is called "La Cabalgata de Reyes Magos” and in Catalan language it is called "la Cavalcada de Reis Mags d'Orient".¡Felices Reyes!

Barcelona Kings procession route map 2016 - Cavalcada de Reis

16:30 Tuesday 5th January 2016
Kings' Arrival Barcelona at harbour on pier Moll de la Fusta

Three Kings Barcelona called Reyes Magos arrive onboard the Barcelona maritime museum's schooner (pailebot) called "Santa Eulàlia." The Barcelona Major gives the King's bread and salt as a symbol of welcome and and the key that opens all the city doors so that the kings can deliver all the Christmas gifts during the night of 5th January. After the greeting festivities the Three Kings leave this location by car and go to the start of the main Kings parade "Cavalcada de Reis"  which starts at the Parc de la Ciutatdella at the park entrance on the street "Av. Marques de l'Argentera."

18:00 5th January 2016
Start of Kings parade "Cavalcada de Reis"
Parc de la Ciutatdella

20:45 5th January 2016
Avinguda de Rius i Taulat at Magic Fountain near Plaça Espanya
Finish of Kings parade

The Kings parade finishes at Avinguda de Rius i Taulat at Magic Fountain where the Magic Fountain music and light show will be part of the parade finale.

About Three Kings - Reyes traditions

These famous and beloved Magi, the Three Kings of the Orient, are called Balthasar, Gaspar and Melchior in Spanish and in Catalan they are called Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar. The legend of the Three Kings of the Orient is that after the Kings came to Bethlehem on 5th January after following a heavenly star. Upon arrival the kings gave gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the infant Jesus and on their return journey they handed out gifts to children.

So in Spain children write to the Three Kings, who bring the presents on 6th January. The Kings' Day Parade is the biggest parade in Barcelona and takes place on 5th January every year on the evening before Twelfth Night - also called Epiphany - on the 6th January. 
Children can deliver their gift wish lists to the Kings by post  or by handing them to one of the eighty Kings' pages and messengers in the parade, the most famous of which are called Page Estel and Page Gregori. The Kings pages are also all over town in the Christmas period. You can find them on Plaza Catalunya, at the Barcelona City Hall, at the Three Kings' postbox in the courtyard of the Palau de la Virreina, on ‘Santa Eulàlia’ schooner at Moll de la Fusta and at many shopping malls. 

Children are also welcome to visit the Kings of Orients’ toy factory and warehouse at the Fàbrica de Creació Fabra i Coats in the Sant Andreu district of Barcelona. The factory opens its doors for Christmas so that visitors can see the toy warehouse where toys are made and stored before being delivered by the Three Kings on the night of 5th January. 

The day after the parade on the 6th January it is a public holiday in Spain and this is the biggest Christmas gift giving day in Barcelona and Spain when the children open their presents. On 6th the family enjoy a sweetbread cake called "Tortell de Reis" or kings cake in Catalan language, and in Spanish called "Roscón de Reyes" which means the Kings' Ring. Inside the roscon cake bakers hide a tiny toy or trinket and a fava bean. The person who finds the toy is King or Queen of the feast and the person who gets the fava bean has to buy the Tortell de Reis cake the following year. 

About Barcelona Kings Parade

There are around 18 local Christmas Kings parades in different districts of Barcelona on 5th January and you can find them all on the
Barcelona city Christmas website. An estimated 500,000 people go to see the biggest parade in Barcelona called "Cabalgata de Reyes Magos. " This is a three hour parade with a convoy of around 12 parade floats - called carrozas - which stretches almost one kilometre in total along a 5km route through the centre of Barcelona also passing by Plaza Catalunya. 

The Barcelona kings parade is a spectacular show designed and performed by professional artists from the world of theatre, music, dance and circus with volunteers, which are mostly students from 29 different arts schools in Barcelona but also just volunteers from local families. In total there are about 1300 costumed participants, 12 big floats and around 26 dance retinues called
comparsas. Each float has a theme and the themes change every year.

For well behaved children around 4 tons of gluten free caramels are thrown from three lorries, so bring a bag if you have been good in 2013. Small children can give the Kings pages their Christmas letters and also hand in their pacifiers or dummies - called xumets in Catalan - to the Kings' Xumeters - the dummie collectors.  Leading the parade are "Els llancers de la Guàrdia Reial" The Royal Guard Lancers on horseback.  

Don't forgot to buy a Kings Cake - a sweet dessert bread called "Tortells de Reis" in Catalan - "Roscón de Reyes" in Spanish, which is eaten the night before or on King's Day. You can get them at all bakeries and supermarkets in Barcelona. ¡Felices Reyes! Bones Festes!

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