The Cabalgata de Reyes Magos of Seville
The Caballería de Reyes Magos of Seville, organized by the Ateneo, was held for the first time on January 5, 1918. Its main driver was the writer and humanist José María Izquierdo Martínez, better known by his literary pseudonym, Jacinto Ilusión. The Caballería de Reyes Magos de Sevilla is celebrated annually during the afternoon and evening of January 5th.
This ride through Seville was born with a simple and, at the same time, admirable purpose: to make the most disadvantaged children in the city happy. In that first edition, the Three Wise Men visited several charity centers, among them the Provincial Hospice of San Luis Street to distribute toys to the children who were welcomed.
The Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos of Granada, considered the oldest in Spain, together with Alcoy, from the end of the 19th century, pioneered the current celebration. In its early days, the route began in the bullring of the Royal Maestranza de Caballeria, then took to the palace of San Telmo and finally the University of Seville. There were 3 floats that first year, and 3 Kings on horseback, later they were towed by oxen, then mules, eventually tractors and at last 4x4s.
In 1926, after completing the usual tour, the essamble traveled to El Vacie to suprise and delight the children of the neighborhood. The procession was distributing toys in the early years, and later candies became the popular thing to launch at the awaiting crowds. In 2011, an agreement was signed with the city council of Seville to replace hard candies with soft candies, since they were less harmful to the machinery used by municipal cleaning services. In 2015 the original colors of the 1918 tradition were recovered, and used until the 1990s: Red for Melchor's, in Gothic style, green for Gaspar, in Baroque style, and gold for the Baltasar, Renaissance.
Today, the procession of the Three Kings takes place as it was decades ago and again the city is filled with bustle, and the streets are crowded and full of small children and with them other child-like "adults" :-)
Everyone is waiting for candies and gifts, and the parents are inverting their umbrellas...Why?
Because inverted you can catch more sweets :)
Have you seen the Cabalgata de Reyes Magos in Seville? Have you seen it in other Spanish cities?
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They will disappear as quickly as the parade itself :-)