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Three Kings Celebration, Popayán Colombia
In Colombia the Festival of the Three Kings (Fiesta de Reyes) is a national holiday. You may know it as Epiphany. There’s always parades and celebrations galore. And since it always falls in the first week of January, it feels like a continuation of Christmas and New Years. This year I was in Popayán for Three Kings Day, a town of about 300,000 located about 2-1/2 hours south of Cali.
There was a wide variety (even somewhat odd combination) of themes presented. I’ve seen Easter parades in Colombia, but those tend to be more somber with a primarily religious focus. The Festival of the Three Kings parade was quite a surprising mish-mosh.
Start ’em early
This little drummer boy was an instant hit. Every camera everywhere came out to capture his adorable cuteness!
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All in all it was quite fun…. colorful costumes, loud music, enthusiastic participants and a greatly appreciative crowd of onlookers.