Cavalcada dels Reis
The Three Kings return to Barcelona for the annual Cavalada dels Reis
Barcelona's annual King's Day Parade returns on January 5th, to the long-awaited expectation of the children around the city.
The new year can bring a lot of things; the feeling of overindulgence, the promise of righteous New Year’s resolutions, and the most anticipated for the young and the young at heart, the Cavalcada dels Reis, or the arrival of The Three Kings. The equivalent of Santa Claus for children in Spain, towns and cities across the country come to a standstill and wait to greet these very special visitors. The city of Barcelona celebrates this deeply-rooted tradition with a parade on January 5th, the night when the Three Wise Men, known as Melchior, Gaspar and Balthazar, come bearing gifts to the crowds of children lining the streets as they watch in awe.
The Kings arrive by ship to the port of Barcelona at 5pm, where they are given an official welcome by the mayor. Then the parade begins, passing along Via Laietana, past Plaça Catalunya and continuing on to Avinguda de Reina Maria Cristina, near Plaça Espanya. Information and the full route can be found at: www.bcn.cat/nadal
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