Don’t stop the holiday festivities yet — The holidays continue with the free Three Kings Day Winter Festival and Parade celebration on Jan 6 in Chicago’s Humboldt Park. Come on out and celebrate the beginning of a new decade with the free Annual Three Kings Day Winter Festival and Parade on Jan. 6, 2010 at 3:30 p.m. on the corner of Campbell Street and Division Street. Look for twelve drummers drumming in the Three Kings Day parade starting at the corner of Division St. and Campbell Ave. (just west of Western Ave.).
Each year, more than 3,000 parents, and children, ages 0 to 12, attend the Annual Three Kings Day Parade. Beginning at 3:00 p.m. and prior to the parade start, be sure to register the kids (12 and under) to receive a gift from the three kings. The three kings, Melchor (gold), Gaspar (frankincense) and Balthazar (myrrh), along with community leaders, will then lead the parade to the Humboldt Park Field House. The Three Kings Day Parade features fire trucks and a fleet of motorcycles, a horse and carriage, and trolleys that will ride from Campbell street and Division Street to Sacramento Boulevard and North Avenue and end the parade at the Humboldt Park Field House.
Children must register at Rebaño Copañerismo Church, 2435 W. Division St., between the hours of 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. All those who pre-register will receive a ticket, which will entitle them to receive a gift at the Humboldt Park Field House. Organizers are asking parents to make sure that their children dress warm. If anyone is interested in volunteering or donating new unwrapped toys for the event call the Division Street Business Development Association (DSBDA) office at (773) 782-0454.
In Europe, Three Kings Day — the religious celebration of the three kings delivering gold, frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus — is called the Epiphany. It’s observed on the 12th day after Christmas by strolling from home to home in costume, playing out the biblical nativity scene, and blessing water for the coming year. Mexican, Latin-American and Spanish communities here and abroad also mark Jan. 6.