On Sunday, January 6th, residents joined with thousands of Latinos to celebrate the 16th Los Tres Reyes Magos / Three Kings Day Parade along Graham Avenue. Also known as The Epiphany, Three Kings Day is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ and commemorates the Biblical story of the Three Kings who followed the star of Bethlehem to bring gifts to the Christ child. For many, Three Kings Day is the gift-giving time, rather than Christmas. In keeping with that tradition, gifts were handed out to the children, including many donated by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. Musical artists, including Puerto Rico’s Tony Vega performed, making the event even more festive.
“Three Kings is an important part of our culture and our identity and the story behind it is one that most people don’t understand,” said Councilmember Diana Reyna. “It’s not about gift giving, but how important it is to always recognize the faith in our lives as Latinos and how that is incorporated into our everyday living. I was telling my kids, ‘It’s important to understand the biblical sense of what Three Kings is as opposed to its commercial sense.”
This year’s parade also honored the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Many attendees brought white balloons, which they released in the air, in memory of the victims.
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