On a blustery Sunday, January 5th, North Brooklyn celebrated the 17th annual Los Tres Reyes Magos / Three Kings Day Parade along Graham Avenue. Also known as The Epiphany, Three Kings Day celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ and commemorates the Biblical story of the Three Kings who followed the star of Bethlehem to bring gifts to the Christ child.
Sunday’s Three Kings Parade also brought the district’s schools together for this colorful celebration of Latin American traditions. Students and parents, teachers and staff marched with their parent coordinators and principals under individual school banners. Braving threatening rain and freezing temperatures, the schools showed solidarity and unity with PS 257 and Principal Brian De Vale, this year’s “Padrino” of the parade.
The organizers, together with District 14 Superintendent Alicja Winnicki, greeted PS 19 and PS 414, the Arbor school, PS 34, PS 120 and PS 319. Middle schools MS 50, IS 318 and MS 577 also showed their support. Principal De Vale and Assistant Principal Melvin Martinez invited all school participants to their cafeteria to warm up and have some pizza served by Community Education Council (CEC) President, Tesa Wilson, a supporter of the event and Brenda Jusino, the Parent Coordinator from PS 257.
Guests of Honor marching in this year’s parade included Assemblywoman Maritza Davila and PROGRESS High School AP Tommy Torres.