Monday, December 21, 2015

Three Kings Day celebration and procession (with live animals!) is Jan. 3

One of my favorite holiday traditions is coming soon: the Fiesta de los Tres Reyes Magos or Three Kings Day Celebration, which tells the story of the Three Magi (or Wise Men) and includes a procession on the street with actors dressed in period clothes, plus live animals like donkeys, goats and sheep.

The celebration also includes a performance at the GALA Theare with song, dance and storytelling about the Nativity and the events around it. It's an important celebration in Latin American and Latino cultures, and is pretty impressive and interesting.

Here's the full press release from GALA. The procession is at 1 pm on Sunday, January 3rd, and there are two performances at the theatre at 11:30am and 2pm. The tickets are free, but they ask you bring a small gift for a child.
Fiesta de los Tres Reyes Magos / Three Kings Day Celebration
Free for the entire family!
Washington, D.C. – For 39 years, GALA has celebrated the holidays with its traditional event for the community, Fiesta de los Tres Reyes Magos/The Three Kings Day Celebration. GALA will again tell the timeless story of the Magi with song, dance and storytelling at two performances on Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 11:30 am and 2:00 pm. These bilingual presentations for the entire family preserve one of the most popular celebrations of Latino cultures.

Fiesta de los Tres 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 11:30 am presentation will be distributed at GALA’s Box Office at 10 am on a first-come, first serve basis. Tickets for the 2:00 pm presentation will be distributed at the Box Office at 12 pm.

A procession/posada with the Three Kings and live animals –including donkeys, goats, and sheep– will begin at 1:00 pm at the corner of Park Road and 14th Street, NW.

The 2016 Fiesta de los Reyes Magos features Bienvenido Martínez as Balthasar and José Sueiro as Gaspar, Héctor Diaz as Melchior, and Neena Krutha as the Angel. The featured performers include Honduran singer María Isolina; Los Quetzalitos, a youth Mexican dance company directed by Laura Ortiz; 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, who is the host of Hispanic Agenda on News Channel 8, is the Master of Ceremonies. Refreshments will be served following each performance.

Parking is available at discount in the Giant garage on Park Road, NW behind the theatre (validation at the theater). Additional parking is available at the Target garage also on Park Road, between 14th and 16th Streets. GALA Theatre is also one block from the Columbia Heights metro station on the Green and Yellow lines.
This program is made possible with generous support from the Inter-American Development Bank/Share the Magic Campaign, Target, National Community Church, Washington Hispanic, Mount Pleasant Business Association, John Fitzgerald, and the Leesburg Animal Park. 

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