The Kings came to Benidorm

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FEATURE - By Irena Bodnarec [email protected]­news.es

Last Satur­day saw the ar­rival of Los Reyes Ma­gos – the Three Kings in many towns and cities across Spain, in­clud­ing Benidorm.

The pa­rade even­tu­ally set off from Elche Park after a slight de­lay as the trac­tor pulling the kings’ float broke down. Twelve floats and over 800 par­tic­i­pants and nu­mer­ous live­stock such as geese, don­keys, goats and oxen par­tic­i­pated in the pa­rade.

The first part had a car­ni­val like theme, with vi­brant an­i­mated char­ac­ters from pop­u­lar chil­dren’s books and films. These were in­ter­spersed with an­i­mated dance rou­tines and bands fol­lowed by the more tra­di­tional re­li­gious as­pect, with na­tiv­ity scenes, Ro­man sol­diers, shep­herds and the last float, the stars of the event – Mel­chior, Gas­par and Balthasar, the Three Kings.

Thou­sands lined the en­tire route, all vy­ing to catch the tonnes of sweets thrown out to the crowds along the way. The pa­rade fin­ished at the town hall square, where the Three Kings car­ried the tra­di­tional gold, frank­in­cense and myrrh to present to the baby Je­sus and the night fin­ished with a grand fire­work dis­play lit from the roof of the town hall build­ing.

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