2005-01-20 / Religion

Markowitz Marches In Three Kings Day Parade

Borough President Marty Markowitz joined Brooklyn’s Latin American community on Sunday at the Eighth Annual Three Kings Day Parade. Serving as Grand Marshal, Markowitz led the parade down Avenida de Puerto Rico (Graham Avenue) in Williamsburg from Meeker Avenue to Debevoise Street. After the parade, The Three Wise Men distributed toys to local children.

Three Kings Day is celebrated on January 6 to commemorate the biblical story of the Three Wise Men, or Magi, who traveled to Bethlehem to give the baby Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. The holiday is popular throughout Latin America and Hispanic communities in the United States.

“I would like to wish you all Happy Three Kings Day, ‘Feliz Día de Reyes Mago,’” said the borough president. “This parade has become a wonderful tradition for Brooklyn. Just as many of you celebrated as children Three Kings Day in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and all the many countries of Latin America, Three Kings Day will also be celebrated by Brooklyn’s children of Brooklyn.”

(From left to right) front row: Parade “Madrina” or Matron Angelica Filomeno, Parade Grand Marshal Borough President Marty Markowitz, Madrina Internacional Sophie, Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez, Commissioner Guillermo Linares of Immigrant Affairs for the Mayor’s Office; Back Row: President Radamés Millán of Paradas Tres Reyes Magos, Inc., and Jorge Velez and Robert Guilbe as Wise Men (back).

Laura Geiser

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