'Three Kings' have new friends in Madrid

The arrival of the Three Kings, Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar, is perhaps the most exciting time of the holiday season for Spanish children as they come bringing presents and one of the most popular event of the year is the Cavalcade of the Kings, a tradition which goes back 150 years.
A girl greets two men disguised as the Three Kings during the Epiphany at Mexican Postal Service headquarters, in Mexico City, capital of Mexico, on Jan. 5, 2016. (Xinhua/Alejandro Ayala)


This procession, which is accompanied by artists, dancers and all sorts of fun for adults and children alike, is held in nearly every Spanish city, but there is no doubt that the most important is in the capital city of Madrid, where the main road to the city center is closed off to allow their Majesties to make their way to the town hall.
The 2015 procession in Madrid saw 36 different groups of artists and wagons from many different stores and Television stations, but this year the Kings had some new friends with a group of Chinese artists, all of whom live in Spain, forming part of the parade.
Banging drums and performing a Lion dance, this is the first time any Chinese artists have taken part in the parade.
The presence of these members of the Chang Qing cultural association shows that not only is Madrid becoming an ever-more multicultural city, but that the Chinese residents are increasingly integrated into its life and traditions while also integrating a bit of China into Madrid.

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