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There are various 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 "Cabalgata de Reyes Magos" in Barcelona, which is a three hour parade with a convoy of around 12 parade floats - carrozas - that stretches almost one kilometre in total along a 5km route through the centre of Barcelona also passing by Plaza Catalunya. The Kings parade is a spectacular show designed and performed by professional artists from the world of theater, music, dance and circus alongside many volunteers, which are mostly students from 29 different arts schools in Barcelona. In total there are about 1000 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 12 tons of gluten free caramels are thrown from three lorries, so bring a bag if you have been good in 2012. 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 and "Roscón de Reyes" in Spanish, which is eaten the night before or on King's Day. You can get them at bakeries and supermarkets in Barcelona. ¡Felices Reyes!

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