NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Harlem hosted the annual Three Kings Day Parade on Friday.

Poet, playwright and performance artist Jesus Papoleto Melendez led the parade. Composer and singer Johnny Colon, of the Johnny Colon Orchestra, author Nicholasa Mohr, and writer, essayist Esmerelda Santiago joined Melendez as honorary kings.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports

The streets of El Barrio were alive with the sound of music as thousands of children celebrated the last official day of the Christmas season.

“I think that it’s important for the children to remember the practice that their parents used to have when they were growing up,” one woman said.

“It’s awesome, it’s just truly amazing,” one boy told 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks.

The parade route stretched from 106th St. and Madison Ave. to 115th St and Park Ave.

The day, also known as the Epiphany, celebrates the biblical journey of the three kings to Bethlehem who brought the baby Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.


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