Three Kings Day Parade

January 6th is always a special day in Spanish Harlem. The neighborhood comes out to celebrate Three Kings Day with a wonderful parade organized by El Museo Del Barrio that goes right down the heart of 106th Street. There’s great music from jazz to to Afro-Peruvian to drumlines, colorful costumes and giant puppets, cute kids galore, and yes, even a few live camels make the trek. Despite the chilly temperatures, the January weather doesn’t dampen the festive spirits one bit.

The drumline leads the parade down 106th. C. Nelson, 2011.

Giant puppets always make people happy. C. Nelson, 2011.

Hundreds of kids from all over the city join the parade. C. Nelson, 2011.

This jazzy band was making some sweet sounds. C. Nelson, 2011.

This puppet was sponsored by Museum of the City of NY. C. Nelson, 2011.

The legendary three kings in the flesh. C. Nelson, 2011.

Never thought you'd see a camel on 106th Street? C. Nelson, 2011.

The parade ended with a local bike club showing off their style. C. Nelson, 2011.


About Craig Nelson

Exploring, cooking, drinking, riding the subway, bowling...a writer and editor based in New York. I'm a city lover who edits the blog for EuroCheapo, writes for, explores for Spotted By Locals and has worked at various under-the-radar companies like Google. Feel free to drop a line at or on twitter at @across106th.
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