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Parade date: Sunday 5th January 2020

2020 Parade details not announced yet. This page will be updated in December 2019

Parade start at: Av. Marques de l'Argentera at park Parc de la Ciutadella
Parade start time: 18:00 - 21:30 (6 pm to 9.30 pm)
Parade map route:  MAP ROUTE

¡Felices Reyes! Three Kings Barcelona parade 5th January 2020. Kings parade route and map.

The Three Kings parade on 5th January is Barcelona's Christmas parade on the eve of the 12th day of Christmas.

The 12th day is also called Epiphany which is on January 6th - twelve days after Christmas.

Ephiphany is the end of the Christmas festive season in Spain and Barcelona where Christmas is celebrated for the 12 days from Christmas Eve on December 24th, until the Epiphany on 6th January.

The 'Three Kings’ Parade' is also known as the 'Twelfth Night procession and in the Spanish language it is called 'la Cabalgata de Reyes Magos' and in Catalan language it is called 'la Cavalcada de Reis Mags d'Orient'.

2019 Barcelona Kings procession route map

Cavalcada de Reis Barcelona Kings map 
FULLSCREEN map Three Kings parade

16:00 5th January 2019
Arrival Three Kings at Barcelona port at Moll de la Fusta dock at Port Vell marina MAP LINK. Three Kings Barcelona called Reyes Magos arrive onboard the Barcelona maritime museum's schooner (called a pailebot) named 'Santa Eulàlia.'

The Barcelona's Major welcomes the Three Kings with bread and salt as a symbol of welcome and gives them the key that opens all the Barcelona 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 in the Ribera/Born area of Barcelona.

Approximate route times of 5km parade route
Pla de Palau (18:10), Via Laietana (18:25), la plaza Urquinaona (19:00), Plaza Catalunya (19:10), Plaza Universitat (19:25), Ronda Sant Antoni (19:35), Sepúlveda (19.45), Avenida Paral·lel (20:25), la plaza Espanya (20:35) and finished at avenidas Reina Maria Cristina y Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia,between 20:45 y 21:00.

18:00 5th January 2019
Start of Kings parade 'Cavalcada de Reis'
On Av. Marquès de l’Argentera at entrance to Parc de la Ciutatdella

20:45 5th January 2019
Av. Reina Maria Cristina by Magic Fountain near Plaça Espanya
Finish of Kings parade 
The Kings parade finishes on Av. Reina Maria Cristina where the Magic Fountain music and light show will be part of the parade finale. MAP LINK

About Three Kings - Reyes traditions 

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 Twelfth Night, also called Ephiphany, celebrates the visit to the baby Jesus in Bethlehem by the Three Kings, (also called the Magi, or the Three Wise Men) and is a Christian celebration that dates back to the 4th century.

The word 'Epiphany' comes from Greek and means 'manifestation'. The Epiphany, or Twelfth night, signifies the manifestation of Christ to humans who were represented in the form of the Three Kings. According to the Gospel of Matthew, the three kings followed a star across the desert which led them to the baby Jesus.

According to the gospel of Matthew they gave Jesus symbolic gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. The gold represented his royal standing; frankincense his divine birth; and myrrh his mortality. On their return journey they handed out gifts to children. 

In Spain children write to the Three Kings, rather than Santa Claus. The Kings bring the children their 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 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 the city in the Christmas period. In Barcelona 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 dock in Port Vell marina 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 (from 28 December - 4th January) in the Sant Andreu district of Barcelona.

The Fabra i Coats 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. 

After the Kings' parade on the 5th January the next day 6th January is a public holiday in Spain. The 6th is the biggest Christmas gift giving day in Barcelona and Spain and the day that the children open their presents.

On 6th January the family enjoy a sweetbread Kings cake called 'Tortell de Reis' in Catalan language and in Spanish language 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. An estimated 500,000 people go to see the biggest parade in Barcelona - the '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 center 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.

Leading the parade are 'Els llancers de la Guàrdia Reial' The Royal Guard Lancers on horseback. 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.

Around 7 tons of gluten free caramels are thrown from the floats during the parade. 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.
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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