Jiminy Christmas, It’s The Three Kings!

It’s called the “Cabalgada de Los Reyes” (The Cavalcade — or Parade — of the Kings”) and it happens in cities all over Spain every year on 5 January, the Eve of Three King’s Day. The participants throw candies to the spectators.

Sevilla had a huge parade with huge floats and horses (also huge) and huge bands and huge amounts of candy. (Click here to see last year’s parade in Sevilla.)

Fuengirola is a much smaller town than Sevilla (about 1/10th the size), but the cabalgada was still fun. No live horses, only two or three bands, but very well done and a very happy place to be. Oddly, every float was based on Disney characters. But then I’ve been told Disneyland is “The Happiest Place on Earth.”


Like New York’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, where Santa Claus is rolled out, these Spanish parades welcome the Three Kings to town before they make their night-time rounds to deliver gifts.

THE START OF THE “CABALGADA.”

I met Elena, daughter Paula (11), and Elena’s sister Ana, in front of Meson Salvador to see the parade as it began and headed off through the streets of Los Boliches into the center of Fuengirola. Tynan stayed home with son, Alexander, who had homework to do. San Geraldo stayed home, too. Party pooper. But, he and Tynan met us afterward for drinks.

GRUÑÓN (GRUMPY), AKA SAN GERALDO, FOLLOWED BY ME…
BUT I DON’T KNOW IF I’M FELIZ (HAPPY) OR TONTÍN (DOPEY). HI HO…

Paula had a plastic bag to collect her candies. She and Ana did most of the work. Paula’s mid-air one-handed catches were astounding. I just let the candies bounce off my head into her waiting hands.

THIS GIRL BROUGHT AN UMBRELLA TO DO THE WORK
(BUT MOST CANDIES BOUNCED BACK OUT).
IT WAS ALL A BIT GOOFY.
DUMBO.
PROBABLY ALREADY BETTER CHEFS THAN YOURS TRULY.
GREAT MAKE-UP.
 I HAVE NO IDEA…
KING MELCHOR.
MINI MINNIES.
JUST AS A CANDY BOUNCED HARD OFF MY GLASSES.
(THE MAD HATTER HAD A MAD THROW.)
CINDERELLAS.
PAULA.
LEADING THE  KING… 
KING GASPAR.
THE PRINCESSES LEIA.  
SEE THE TARZAN YELL BELOW…

KING BALTASAR. APPARENTLY, THE MOST POPULAR KING.
(AND HE HAD THE BEST CANDY.)
GRABBING MORE BAGS OF CANDY FOR THE “FLOATERS” TO HURL.
PAULA AND TIA ANA INSPECTING THE CATCH OF THE DAY.
(PAULA PROBABLY SLEPT WITH THE BAG UNDER HER PILLOW.)

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

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