The 43rd Annual Three Kings Day Parade ~ January 6, 2020 in El Barrio




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El Museo Del Barrio Presents The 43rd Annual Three Kings Day Parade which will be held on Monday, January 6, 2020. The Parade, entitled Nuestros Barrios Unidos: Celebrating our Collective Strength, will celebrate immigrant and migrant communities of past and present that continue to keep history alive by celebrating the cultural traditions of El Barrio and beyond. Grand Marshall will be Marco Saavedra, Immigrant Rights Activist and Member of “The Dream 9”.

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Held in El Barrio (East Harlem), the time-honored Parade will begin at 106th Street and Lexington Avenue and end on 115th Street and Park Avenue. It will feature live music by Annette Aguilar & Stringbeans; BombaYo!; Fogo Azul Bateria Femenina; Wabafu Garifuna Dance Theater; among others. Immediately after the Parade from 1:00 to 2:00pm, we invite parade-goers to come back to El Museo del Barrio for a live musical performance by Los Pleneros de la 21. Admission is Free.

El Museo del Barrio

At the helm of the parade will be El Museo’s King Emeritus, Jesús “Papoleto” Meléndez, poet, playwright, performance artist and Honorary King for over a decade. This year’s three Honorary Kings are Julissa Arce, Author and Co-Founder of the Ascend Educational Fund; Elba Cabrera, Pioneering Cultural Advocate and La Madrina de las Artes; and Ernesto Quiñonez, Novelist, Essayist, and Author of Bodega Dreams. This year’s Madrinas and Padrinos are: Luba Cortés, Immigrant Defense Coordinator, Make the Road New York; Pura Cruz, Senior Client Advocate, LSA Family Health Service; Leonardo Ivan Dominguez, Director, Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center; René Escamilla, Founder, La Escuela de Mariachi Angeles de NY; Scherezade García, Interdisciplinary Visual Artist; Kneeco Hanton, Youth Advocate; Christian Mártir, Cultural Producer; Ruby Naboa, Youth Advocate; Lee Quiñones, Visual Artist; and Rhina Valentin, Television Personality and Producer.

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8:30am – 10:30am | Kick-off Breakfast | El Café at El Museo del Barrio 
Kick-off breakfast with Honorary Kings, Madrinas, Padrinos, and Elected Officials. Open to the public.
11:00am – 12:30pm | The Parade | El Barrio 
Parade begins at 106th Street and Lexington Avenue and goes east towards Third Avenue. Marchers make a left on Third Avenue until 116th Street, ending at 115th Street and Park Avenue. The Parade will also be live-streamed on El Museo’s Facebook LIVE hosted by Television Personality and Producer, Rhina Valentin.
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1:00pm – 2:00pm | Post-Celebration | El Teatro at El Museo del Barrio 
Celebrate the end of the parade back at El Museo del Barrio with a live musical performance by Los Pleneros de la 21.
Families, community members, organizations, school groups, and local businesses are encouraged to participate. Early registration is strongly recommended. To register, please visit
More than 5,000 people participate in our Three Kings Day Parade each year! Our volunteers accompany school groups along the route, distribute crowns to parade participants during the parade, and engage with children, families, and our general audience throughout the parade route. To volunteer please visit
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The 43rd Annual Three Kings Day Parade is made possible thanks to the generous support of Con Edison, Mount Sinai, and DREAM. Special thanks to Terrence Cardinal Cooke and the New York City Police Department 23 Precinct for their on-going support.