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Friday, January 06, 2006

Cabalgata de Los Reyes Garachico 2006



Wrapped up in too many layers against a wind that never blew, thankfully, we made it down to Garachico last night to join all the other kids to await the arrival of The Three Kings. Most people - Christian or not - will be familiar with the basic story and the order of business for the annual parade varies little from year to year (we have already described it here), but this still remains a really entertaining night out for kids of all ages.

Everyone turned out: from sleeping toddlers in push chairs (who proceded to sleep right through fanfares and fireworks) to little old ladies of 80+, going on eight. Even teenagers - those people who, in most situations, "wouldn't be seen dead" at organized activities - helped line the streets and gleefully cheered on their favorite biblical monarch.

One cannot really get across in mere pictures the true atmosphere, excitement and expectation, but here are some shots from the Cabalgata de Los Reyes in Garachico.

The humble and half-ruined stable, complete with manger, was erected outside the church of Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles, while an arabesque facade was added to Garachico's Town Hall to convert it into the Kings' Palace for the night. Roman Centurions stood guard outside the Castillo San Miguel and a Mounted guard, provided by Herod, were sent to accompany the Kings to the outskirts of the city of Garachico Bethlehem. Attendants take care of camel transportation, for Gaspar, Melchor and Baltasar.

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