The 47th Three Kings Day Parade 2024 is a New York City holiday tradition. It begins with a Three Kings Day Breakfast at El Museo del Barrio, continues with the Three Kings Day Parade, and ends with a celebration with live music back at El Museo del Barrio.
Today many families celebrate both Three Kings Day and Christmas, but Three Kings Day is the traditional Hispanic Christmas gift-giving day. It used to be the big day in Puerto Rico, where it is our favorite day of the year because families are out in the parks and kids are playing with their new toys. Though it’s changing now, “El Barrio” has long been a Puerto Rican neighborhood, so this is an important event. Three Kings Day also marks the start of serious Carnival preparations in the Latin world.
Though it’s produced by El Barrio’s Puerto Rican community, the breakfast, parade, and celebration are for everyone, and everyone goes.
47th Three Kings Day Breakfast
The 47th Three Kings Day Breakfast is an opportunity to meet parade honorees and community leaders at El Museo del Barrio in “El Barrio” East Harlem; on Friday, January 5, 2024 from 8:30-10:30am. FREE elmuseo.org 🇵🇷
47th Three Kings Day Parade 2024
The 47th Three Kings Day Parade 2024 features the Three Kings, giant puppets, camels, floats and live music including Puerto Rican bomba or plena by BombaYo, Latin jazz by Annette Aguilar & Stringbeans, the women’s Brazilian drum line Fogo Azul and more. The parade celebrates the theme “Tradiciones: Keeping Our Stories Alive;” in the parade on Park Avenue from 106th St to 115th St; on Friday, January 5, 2024 from 11am – 12pm. FREE. elmuseo.org 🇧🇷 🇳🇮 🇵🇷
47th Three Kings Day Celebration
The 47th Three Kings Day Celebration follows with Puerto Rican television host Rhina Valentin and live bomba and plena music, and probably some dancing, by Los Pleneros de la 21 in El Teatro at El Museo del Barrio in “El Barrio” East Harlem; from 1:30-3pm. FREE. 🇵🇷 elmuseo.org
Tradiciones: Keeping Our Stories Alive
The theme “Tradiciones: Keeping Our Stories Alive” acknowledges the storytelling traditions that are central to Indigenous, European, and African Diaspora communities, and the fact that to get our stories told right, we have to tell them ourselves.
The age of social media is changing world cultural practice, and we are forgetting our heritage. It’s important to keep our traditions alive, because they help our children be better people and better Americans.
The breakfast, parade, and celebration are sponsored by the New York Yankees, Ponce Bank, and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.