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”.
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.
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.