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Three King's Parade in BarcelonaChristmas Time, Popular festivals
01/05/2020 - 01/06/2020

It is said that this is the most magical night of the year, and these three characters are definitely to 'blame'. The Three Kings are enthusiastically welcomed by children and adults every 5 January, just a few hours before they visit our homes bringing gifts for everyone who has been good during the rest of the year.

The afternoon of the 5th of January, the Three Kings, with the amazing entourage, will reach the city by sea on the Pailebot Santa Eulàlia. Once finished the Welcome Ceremony, they will parade around the city, giving sweets to the children as a prelude to this unique night.

The Three King's floats, magnificently decorated, reflect all of the excitement and magic of this special tradition. Weeks beforehand, boys and girls have sent their letter to the Three Kings, asking for their gifts and at last they will see them in real life.

On the sixth, Three Kings Day, there is always the traditional Three Kings Cake (Tortell de Reis) made with marzipan, candied fruit and pine nuts, a typical delicacy of this special holiday. The cake contains two hidden surprises: a dry bean and a figurine (normally representing one of the Kings). According to tradition, the one who finds the figurine inside their portion is crowned king or queen while the one who finds the bean has to pay for the cake.


Parade

16h - The Three Kings arrive at Moll de la Fusta.
18h - The parade starts: avinguda Marquès de l'Argentera, Pla de Palau, passeig Isabel II, Via Laietana, plaça Urquinaona, Fontanella, plaça Catalunya, Pelai, plaça Universitat, ronda de Sant Antoni, carrer Sepúlveda, avinguda Paral·lel, plaça d'Espanya, avinguda Reina Maria Cristina.
21h - The parade ends at Montjuïc's Magic Fountain.

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