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Pictures Barcelona Three Kings
cavalcade parade 5th January


Three Kings Barcelona


 Map and schedule 2016 Cavalcada de Reis Mags Barcelona

¡Felices Reyes! The Three Kings’ cavalcade procession on 5th January is the biggest Christmas procession in Spain and Barcelona. In Spanish it is called "La Cabalgata de Reyes Magos” and in Catalan "la Cavalcada de Reis Mags d'Orient." These famous and beloved Three Kings of the Orient are called Balthasar, Gaspar and Melchior - in Catalan they are called Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar . The saying goes that that after the Kings gave gifts to the infant Jesus, they handed out gifts to children during their return journey. So in Spain children write to the Three Kings, who bring them presents on 6th January which is Epiphany day. The Kings' Day Parade is the biggest parade of the year and the day after is a public holiday in Spain and is the biggest gift giving day of the year in Barcelona and Spain. Here are some pictures from previous year Cavalcada de Reis Mags parade in 2012  Read all about 2016 Three Kings Parade Barcelona


Around half a million people line the route of Three Kings's parade in Barcelona


Cabalgata de Reyes Barcelona




La Cabalgata de Reyes Magos


"Els llancers de la Guàrdia Reial" The Royal Guard Lancers open the Three Kings Parade

Els llancers de la Guàrdia Reial




Els llancers de la Guàrdia Reial
Cabalgata de reyes - Patge Estel


Cabalgata de reyes Patge Estel


La Nau Estel - the star ship


La Nau Estel


Dancers on the Nau Estel float


La Cabalgata de Reyes Magos

Flor de Tarongina -  Rei Melcior's favourite flower


Flor de Tarongina -  Rei Melcior's favourite flower

King Melchior - Rei Melcior


Three Kings - Rei Melcior


King Melchior's float  - La carrossa del Rei Melcior


La carrossa del Rei Melcior


Ingenious catapults in the Barcelona Kings' parade to make sure everyone got sweets


Kings Parade Barcelona - candy catapult


Toy factory float - carrossa de joguines


Toy factory float - carrossa de joguines




La Cabalgata de Reyes Magos


Many of the dansers are students from 29 different arts schools in Barcelona


La Cabalgata de Reyes Magos - Three Kings procession




La Cabalgata de Reyes Magos - Three Kings procession


And more toys


La Cabalgata de Reyes Magos - presents for the children


El Rei Baltasar


El Rei Baltasar - Three Kings Parade


King Balthazar's float  - La carrossa del Rei Baltasar


King Balthazar's float  - La carrossa del Rei Baltasar


Twiga is a 7m tall giraffe in King Balthazar's retinue


Kings Parade - Twiga the giraffe




Kings Parade - Twiga the giraffe


One of the three fantastic camels in King Balthazar's retinue


La Cabalgata de Reyes Camels




La Cabalgata de Reyes Camels




La Cabalgata de Reyes Camels




La Cabalgata de Reyes dolls




La Cabalgata de Reyes




La Cabalgata de Reyes




La Cabalgata de Reyes regals toys


Popular Magician Mag Lari reminds children to go to bed early


La Cabalgata de Reyes Mag Lari


The clock reminding the children of the time


La Cabalgata de Reyes Magos clock - Gran Rellotge


Comparsa d’Anar a Dormir - Time for bed float


Kings Parade - Comparsa d’Anar a Dormir


The red haired King Caspar - El Rei Gaspar


La Cabalgata de Reyes Magos - El Rei Gaspar


King Caspars float - la carrossa del Rei Gaspar


La Cabalgata de Reyes Magos - El Rei Gaspar




La Cabalgata de Reyes Magos


 Royal postmen - carters reials - collect the children's letters


La Cabalgata de Reyes Magos - carters reials


Royal Post Office - Correu Reial - to collect and sort letters to the Kings


Royal Post Office - Correu Reial




Royal Post Office - Correu Reial


The Kings Parade has around costumed dancers and most of them are volunteers


La Cabalgata de Reyes Magos




La Cabalgata de Reyes Magos


Portadors de carbó - coal workers with sacks of coal for the naughty children and adults


La Cabalgata de Reyes Magos - Portadors de carbó


La carrossa del carbó - the coal mine float 


La Cabalgata de Reyes Magos - la carrossa del carbó


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