Monday, December 26, 2011

Three Kings Day fiesta takes place Jan. 8: live animals, procession, more

This is always a fun, interesting event, which celebrates the Epiphany. There's a procession, live animals, and a bilingual presentation (see photo above from 2009.)
Celebrate the Holidays with the Three Kings Fiesta
at GALA Hispanic Theatre

Free for the entire family!

Washington, D.C. – For more than 35 years, GALA has celebrated the holidays with its traditional event for the community, Fiesta de los Reyes Magos/The Three Kings Day Celebration. GALA will again relive the age-old story of the The Magi with song, dance and storytelling on Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 2 pm. This bilingual presentation for the entire family preserves one of the most popular celebrations of Latino cultures. 

Fiesta de los Reyes Magos takes place at GALA Theatre, 3333 14th Street, NW. Admission is free, but a small gift for a child is suggested. Tickets for the event will be distributed at GALA’s Box Office starting at 12:30 pm on a first-come, first serve basis. Discounted parking is available in the Giant garage on Park Road, NW (validation at the theater). A procession/posada with the Three Kings and live animals, including donkeys, goats, and sheep, will begin at 1:30 pm at the corner of Park Road and 14th Street, NW. 

The 2012 Fiesta de los Reyes Magos features community activists Roland Roebuck as Balthasar and José Sueiro as Gaspar, and artist/activist Quique Avilés as Melchior. The celebration will kick off with a special performance by members of the National Symphony Orchestra. Other featured performers include Los Quetzales, a youth Mexican dance company directed by Laura Ortiz; the Spanish Dance Society; and the popular dance group Alma Boliviana. The event also will include the traditional Nativity and the giving of gifts by The Magi. Alejandro Negrón of La Nueva 87.7 is the Master of Ceremonies. Churros and hot chocolate will be served following the performance.

This program is made possible with generous support from the Inter-American Development Bank-DC Solidarity Fund/Share the Magic Campaign, Fiesta DC, Churrería Madrid Restaurant; Washington Hispanic, and the Leesburg Animal Park.

For more information, call 202-234-7174 or visit\

Photo by Mr. T in DC

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