The 41st annual Three Kings' Day parade in East Harlem, set for this Friday, January 5, has been cancelled due to the approaching bad weather. In its place, El Museo del Barrio, which organizes the yearly event, will be hosting a free family day filled with live music and art-making on Saturday, January 20th.
The procession would have celebrated what's known in Spanish as El Día de los Reyes (a.k.a Epiphany or the 12th Day of Christmas). It typically winds its way up Lexington and Park Avenues in East Harlem and includes honorary kings, camels, festive floats, puppets, music and dancing.
While none of us will get to see any desert-dwelling animals parade through East Harlem this year, you can still mark the holiday by stopping by local Mexican bakery Vallecito for some Rosca de Reyes, a ring-shaped sweet bread traditionally eaten on Three Kings' Day. (Call ahead to make sure they're not sold out.)
Image: detail of Programa de Navidad by Antonio Maldonado via El Museo del Barrio