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Reyando Across the Nation

The holiday season lasts a little longer for Boricuas. After the New Year’s celebration and before the octavitas is Día de Reyes or Three Kings Day, which traditionally falls on January 6th. Back on the island, it is an official national holiday, when the kids are still enjoying school recess and celebrations take place everywhere, mostly sponsored by churches, municipal governments and private businesses. Gifts are given to children, concerts performed and lots of delicious Puerto Rican food is shared.

As Puerto Ricans and Latinos continue to transform the cities we inhabit across the U.S., more of our traditional fiestas get resurrected here. If there are not Reyes events in your city, we’re sharing other festivities for you to enjoy. Celebrations in New York City take the shape of street parades, and in Downtown Los Angeles there’s a procession at la placita. San Antonio, Chicago, Bethesda, Maryland and Boston also join in. In some cities, the Reyes celebration is not exclusively Puerto Rican and we share the occasion with our hermanos latinos.   Here are some of the celebrations across the nation:


The 38th Annual Three Kings Day Parade hosted by El Museo del Barrio

Tuesday, January 6, 2015, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

The parade route begins at 106th Street and Lexington Ave. and ends at 115th Street and Park Ave. After the parade, El Museo will host live music by pianist, educator and producer Pablo Mayor and friends. There will also be free admission to Las Galerías.

El Museo Del Barrio is located at 1230 Fifth Ave., New York, NY
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Three Kings Day Celebration at Teatro SEA

Tuesday, January 6, 2015, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

About 2000 children, ages 1 – 14, are expected to attend this celebration to meet the Three Kings and receive a free gift. This year, Teatro Sea is reaching out to individuals who may be able to contribute to their toy drive by making a tax-exempt monetary donation.

Teatro SEA is located at Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center

107 Suffolk St., New York, NY

Learn more here.

Three Kings Celebration at El Maestro South Bronx

Sunday, January 4, 2015, from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

El Maestro, a cultural and educational oasis in the heart of the South Bronx, is hosting a Three Kings celebration for families. There will be life folkloric music by Grupo Maestro and children will receive a gift from the Three Kings themselves. This event is open to the public, a $5 donation and/or a donation of a new, unwrapped, non-violent toy appropriate for children ages 1 to 12 is recommended at the door.

El Maestro Centro Cultural y Educativo is located at 1300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY

Learn more here.

Annual Brooklyn Three Kings Day Parade

Sunday, January 11, 2015, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Brooklyn’s own Three Kings Day Parade starts right under the BQE underpass at Meeker Ave. and Graham Ave. and marches down Graham Ave. all the way to Broadway. School bands take part in the parade as well as students and teachers representing local schools.

Brooklyn’s Three Kings Day Parade takes place along Graham Ave. between Meeker Ave. and Broadway

LOS ANGELES, CA          

Los Tres Reyes Celebration at La Placita Olvera

Sunday, January 4th, 2015 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

La Iglesia organizes this celebration with live music and a procession on Olvera Street, followed by a theatrical production in the Plaza and the serving of traditional Mexican Rosca de Reyes.

La Placita Olvera is located at 845 N Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA

Learn more here.


Fiesta de Los Tres Reyes Magos at San Fernando Cathedral

Sunday, January 4th, 2015, from 1:00 pm to 4:00pm at AT&T Community Centre

Since 1994, the Puerto Rican Heritage Society has sponsored this celebration with a reenactment of the nativity and a show with traditional music (aguinaldos). They also offer free art workshops and story time for children, and a special appearance by the Three Kings. There will be food for sale

San Fernando Cathedral is located at 231 W. Commerce, San Antonio, TX

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Three Kings Day Celebration at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts

Friday, January 9th, 2015, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The community of Villa Victoria also celebrates the arrival of the Three Kings. Villa Victoria Center for the Arts will offer a typical Three Kings dinner, entertainment and the presence of the Three Kings giving toys to community children. This event is open to the public and free of charge. Families will also have the opportunity to take pictures with the Three Kings. Monetary donations are welcome at the main offices previous to the event.

Villa Victoria Center for the Arts is located at 85 W Newton St Boston, MA
Learn more here.


Annual Three Kings Day Parade at Humboldt Park

Tuesday, January 6, 2015, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

The Three Kings ride on horse and wagon and, along with community organizers, they will lead the parade to the Humboldt Park Field House. The Parade also features fire trucks and a fleet of motorcycles and trolleys that will march from Campbell St. and Division St. to Sacramento Boulevard and North Ave. ending at the Field House. Children must register at Rebaño Copañerismo Church (2435 W. Division St. between the hours of 2-3:30 pm) to receive a ticket for a gift. Volunteers or donors of new unwrapped toys for the event can call the Division Street Business Development Association (DSBDA) office at (773) 782-0454.

Roberto Clemente H.S. (warming station at beginning of parade) is located at 1147 N. Western Ave. Chicago, IL

Learn more here.


Three Kings Day at Jaleo Bethesda

Sunday, January 4th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Chef José Andrés and his team at Jaleo will be celebrating Three Kings Day offering families the opportunity to meet the three wise men, complimentary Roscón de Reyes and a craft corner where children can decorate their own Three Kings crowns. A $25 four-course brunch menu is offered for adults, and a la carte menu for children. For more information or reservations call 301-913-0003.

Jeleo Tapas-Bar is located at 7271 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD
Learn more here.

Bring the kids, share the tradition, volunteer or donate to help keep this celebration alive for future generations. ¡Feliz Día de Reyes!


© Center for Puerto Rican Studies. Published in Centro Voices on 18 December 2014.