“¡Feliz Día de los Tres Reyes Magos, Brooklyn!”
Williamsburg played host to Brooklyn’s 18th Annual Three King’s Day Parade on Sunday, January 11, which celebrated the beloved holiday that is the final event in the Christmas season.
“It was a beautiful turnout,” said Tommy Torres, one of the day’s event coordinator. “Sometimes you hope kids come out despite the cold weather. Sunday we were able to get above freezing.The community, schools, elected officials, Borough President Eric Adams all showed up. It was wonderful.”
NYPD and school marching bands joined a camel, floats that included famous characters, such as Teletubbies, and attendees, some of whom dressed as the Three Kings.
In addition to celebrating the holiday, those in attendance also honored NYPD Detective Rafael Ramos, who was killed in the line of duty a month ago.
“The tribute to Officer Ramos was very important. This is a parade about hope and love in the community and that’s the way Officer Ramos lived his life. He gave the ultimate sacrifice for the betterment of the community. It was great to honor him,” said Torres.
Adams, who was the parade’s grand marshal, applauded the move. Lauding it as an effort “to turn our pain over his loss into purpose for a brighter and safer tomorrow,” Adams said, “The commemoration of his service to our borough and our city will help to heal.”
Torres was happy that the annual event still has a significant impact. “To have all kids come out and keep the parade going means a lot,” he said. “The community is changing but it’s important to keep this tradition going.”