One of my favorite holiday traditions since I live in Spain, is taking my nephews to the Wise Men Parade also known as the Cavalcade of Magi. Read more about it after the jump!
In Spain, one of the biggest traditions for the holiday season is the arrival parade of the Three Wise Men. One afternoon, before the kids get their presents left behind by the Three Magi, a big celebration takes the streets so the kids can give them their letters with their requests for presents.
In my opinion it’s a very nice celebration, because whole families get together that afternoon and get into warm clothes to see the parade pass by their streets. The first part of the parade consists on receiving the Three Wise Men. Depending on where you live they can arrive by train, bus, boat or in the case of my town, a helicopter — yes a huge helicopter!
This is where the fun starts: kids of all ages have such happy faces and scream waving their letters in enthusiasm to gain the attention of their favorite Magi or even one of their helpers. It’s so great to see their faces light up with excitement, they’ve been waiting for this the whole year!
Once the Three Magi say hello to the kids, they walk into their royal carriages which are big floats attached to cars, trucks and sometimes even tractors. There’s always a pre-defined route that normally crosses the town, giving an opportunity for everyone to see them. The kids that didn’t have the opportunity to hand their letters at the arrivals, this is the best chance they get, since on the street the Wise Men’s helpers recollect all those letters so kids can keep calm and enjoy the rest of the parade.
By this time, the streets are filed with a bustling celebration, people handing out candy, music and an amazing ambiance that transforms that afternoon into an incredible experience for all kids and grown-ups.
So, if you are ever around Spain for the holiday season, do try to attend one of the parades! Who knows, you might even be able to say hello to one of the Three Wise Men in person!
Happy Lomo Holidays!