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Three Kings’ Parade 2020 in Barcelona

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Written by Daniella

The parade of the Three Wise Men is one of the most eagerly awaited events by both children and adults. In Barcelona, just like in many other cities, it is celebrated enthusiastically.

Today’s article on ShBarcelona‘s blog would like to share a few details with you on what will be happening on January 5, 2020. Have you already done all your gift shopping for Three Kings’ Day?

Related article: Original Gift Ideas for Three Kings’ Day 2019

What you need to know about the Three Kings’ Parade in Barcelona

three wise men and their camels

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The Three Wise Men, Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar, will arrive as true kings on board of a boat called Santa Eulàlia. They are expected to arrive at the port of Barcelona on Sunday, January 5, around 16:00 in the afternoon.

Of course, the Three Wise Men will not arrive alone, they are accompanied by their entourage of royal pages and other magical figures. Your young children will be mesmerized upon seeing them, because they realize their wish lists will be collected now, and hopefully, all the gifts on those list will be distributed on this truly magical night.

Barcelona will give the Three Kings a warm welcome by handing over the keys to the city and all its homes. This makes it a lot easier for all the gifts to end up in the correct places.

The parade will pass some of the most characteristic streets in Barcelona, and its final destination is the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc in the district of Poble Sec. The event will end at the fountain around 21:00.

The parade takes approximately three hours from start to finish, and it will therefore begin in Parc de la Ciutadella (in Ciutat Vella) at 18:00.

The parade will visit the following streets, until it arrives at the Fountains of Montjuïc: Vía Laietana, Passeig d’Isabel II, Fontanella, Plaça Urquinaona, Pelai, Plaça Catalunya, Sepúlveda, Plaça Universitat, Avinguda Rius i Taulet and Plaça Espanya.

This parade is special and lots of fun, because of the entourage of royal postmen, pages, and dancers on and surrounding all the floats.

Children are always very eager for this moment to arrive, and parents, of course, try to meet their expectations. An interesting fact is that, during the parade, 7 tons of candy will be shared.

Related article: Dia de los Reyes Magos – The Three Wise Men day in Barcelona

glass in lead of three wise men

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The Three Kings Parade started in 1942 in Barcelona, and it has not skipped one year! The one we are talking about today is one of the greatest parades, but you mustn’t forget that these parades take place in several different corners of the city.

This is the reason why Barcelona is considered to be the most colourful, creative and extraordinary place to be on January 5.

Get ready to enjoy the parade in all its splendour, but be aware that there are a couple of things you, as an adult, should take into account to avoid incidents when floats pass:

  • Do not allow you kids to climb on and stand on tall objects, such as sign posts or containers. Use your common sense and do not risk your children falling and hurting themselves.
  • Always stay behind the fences that have been placed. They are there for the obvious reason (your protection).
  • Do not distract any of the people who are part of the parade, whether that is the floats’ drivers or the characters around the float (unless there is an emergency, of course).
  • Candies that end up between floats should be discarded. Never let your children go onto the road to collect them, as the next float might be passing at any moment.
  • It is obviously forbidden to climb on the floats, and once the parade is over, make sure you leave the location from where you have watched the parade calmly.

If you follow these guidelines, you will spend an evening full of excitement with your family at the beginning of the new year. Remember to be on time, and enjoy the parade from your chosen spot or follow part of the parade on its route.

Are there other interesting facts about the Three Kings’ parade in Barcelona?

About the author

Daniella

Daniella enjoys everything the city of Barcelona has to offer. She writes, translates and loves discovering Catalonia and its beautiful nature.

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