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The Three Kings Cavalcade of Alcoy

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In Alcoy, located in the interior of the province of Alicante, Christmas is lived with an illusion and intensity that I have not seen anywhere else. People turn to a party that is among the positions of honor of things what to see in Alcoy.

Tradition colorful magic and one delusion immense that seizes both children and adults in what is the oldest Three Kings Cavalcade in Spain.

The first documentary references about the Three Kings Parade in Alcoy date from 1866. However, it would not acquire its continued character in time until 1885.

Therefore, for more than 130 years, every night on January 5, the streets of Alcoy are crossed by the Magi from the East.

In addition, unlike the rest of the horse rides held in Spain, King Baltasar is not responsible for closing the procession, but travels on the back of his camel between Melchor and Gaspar.

This fact has led to confusion on more than one occasion, causing some to think that the black king, in Alcoy, was called Gaspar.

Puppets of the Bethlehem of Tirisiti

The Department of Festivities of the City of Alcoy He dedicates a large part of the year to preparing and organizing the two great parties that take place in the city: Christmas - with the Three Kings Parade as the main act - and the Moors and Christians, which take place at the end of April.

In the Three Kings Parade also volunteers from the Saint George's Association.

The result is that there are more than a thousand people involved in the Cavalcade of Kings of Alcoy. Torches, pages, servers, shepherds, the characters of the famous Bethlehem of Tirisiti, escorts, musicians and, of course, the Magi.

The preambles of the Cavalcade of the Magi of Alcoy

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