FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 6, 2004
MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG CELEBRATES THREE KINGS DAY
Marched in Parade and Hosted Reception in Honor of the Epiphany
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today marched in the 27th Annual Three Kings Day Parade in East Harlem and hosted a reception this evening at Gracie Mansion to celebrate the Epiphany, or La Fiesta De Los Tres Reyes Magos. The holiday, popular throughout the Caribbean, Latin America, and parts of Europe, honors the arrival of the three wise kings from separate lands bearing gifts to the baby Jesus.
Although the Western Christian Church observes December 25th as Christ’s birthday, the Eastern Christian Church recognizes January 6th as the celebration of the nativity. Families who celebrate Three Kings Day instruct their children that if they are good, the three kings will bring them gifts overnight. The Latino community continues to celebrate their traditional holiday, as well as Christmas the American way.
“I am honored to be here today to take part in the celebración del Día de los Tres Reyes Magos,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “It is my third year marching in this beautiful parade that enriches our City and celebrates the spirit of the holiday. It is a wonderful tradition of the New York City Latino community.”
Music for this evening’s reception at Gracie Mansion will be provided by El Trio New York.
Ed Skyler / Silvia Alvarez (212) 788-2958