The Three Kings Parade 2020

Three Kings Parade route 2020

When: 5 January

Timetable: From 6 pm

Schedule for the head of the parade:

  • Circumval·lació at 6 pm
  • Plaça d’Antonio López at 6.20 pm
  • Plaça d’Antoni Maura at 6.40 pm
  • Plaça d’Urquinaona at 7.10 pm
  • Plaça Catalunya – Fontanella at 7.20 pm
  • Plaça Universitat / Ronda de Sant Antoni at 7.40 pm
  • Sepúlveda / Urgell at 8.05 pm
  • Plaça Espanya / Av. Maria Cristina at 8.50 pm
  • Av. Maria Cristina / Av. De Rius i Taulet at 9.10 pm

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Their Majesties, the Three Kings of the Orient, arrived at Barcelona Port, on board the schooner, the Santa Eulàlia, at 4 pm, on 5 January. The port played host to the ceremonial welcoming of the Three Kings, who were handed the key to the city, so that Their Majesties could enter and leave gifts in every household in Barcelona on the magical night of 5 January.

Having crossed the Mediterranean from faraway lands, Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar and their entourage of fantastical creatures arrived at the Moll de la Fusta wharf, where the Mayor of Barcelona greeted them and handed them the keys to the city. This was immediately followed by the Three Kings’ Parade along the city’s main streets and up to the Magic Fountain at around 9 pm. This year saw the Kings accompanied by a retinue of curious characters, including the toy inventor, the gift wrapper and the tree planter. And not to mention, of course, the royal pages who collected the last remaining letters for the Kings, and the coal float, dummy collectors and sweet distributors and so on. And many of these were decked out in new costumes as brilliant as the sun!

For 2020, the retinue offered a show lasting some 45 minutes, divided into 11 large blocks, with close to 1,200 participants, including dancers, actors, performers on stilts and volunteers, who, between them, put together the city's most important and participatory street show. Check out the new features of the 2020 Three King's Parade.

Adapted spaces

Three adapted spaces were arranged for people with reduced mobility throughout the parade's route. The public were advised to reach these points before 5 pm. The spaces were located at:

  • the Moll de la Fusta wharf. At the arrival point of the Three Kings of the Orient on board the Schooner, the Santa Eulàlia.

  • Plaça d’Antonio López, at the junction with Passeig d’Isabel II.

  • Plaça d’Espanya, between Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina and Avinguda del Paral·lel​.

Where

The 2020 Three Kings’ Parade set off at 6 pm on Av Marquès de l’Argentera. The Kings and their retinue paraded along Pla de Palau, Pg Isabel II, Via Laietana, Pl Urquinaona, C/ Fontanella, Pl Catalunya, C/ Pelai, Pl Universitat, Rda Sant Antoni, C/ Sepúlveda, Av Paral·lel, Av Reina Maria Cristina and Av Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia.

When
5 January

Times
Starting at 6 pm

Advice before the event

  • Before you go, pay attention to any official information that the authorities issue on the event, routes and weather conditions.
  • Make sure your footwear offers good protection against any injury: feet are one of the most vulnerable parts of the body during crowded events.
  • If it is very cold outside, remember to wear a hat and to breathe through a scarf or neckerchief to prevent cold air from directly entering your lungs. On a more general level, it is also important to wear comfortable clothing that is appropriate for the weather conditions, and so avoid problems as the hours go by.
  • Keep in mind where the emergency exits and evacuation routes are and pay attention to the instructions given by security staff.
  • Never push anyone to enter an area as that can cause a fall or a chain reaction of falls: if the area is packed or very full, look for somewhere else to go.
  • If you would like to access spaces reserved for people with a disability or functional diversity, remember to set off sufficiently in advance so you can sign up without encountering any difficulties.
  • If you are going with other people, think of a reference point outside the area where people gather, where you can meet up again if you get separated or lost.
  • If you are going with children, keep hold of their hand. Tell them what the dangers are, what they must not do and what they need to do should they get lost.
  • Do not allow children to climb on any object to get a better view: if necessary, it's better to lift them up on your shoulders.
  • If you find a child who is lost, take them immediately to the police or security team.
  • Bring your documents with you. As for children, elderly people and people with learning difficulties who need third-party support, prepare a badge for them giving their details and contact telephone number, and make sure they wear it in a visible in case they get lost.
  • Keep a close eye on the elderly and people with special needs.
  • Do not block streets leading to the event as these are potential access routes for the emergency and evacuation services.
  • If you feel trapped or there is no way out, look for another area where you can see an evacuation route. Keep calm at all times.
  • Do not climb on bannisters, railings, containers or other unstable elements as they may be dangerous and cause an accident.

Advice during the event

  • Always follow the instructions of the security staff.
  • Remember that the main dangers arise from the floats passing by and climbing on objects such as containers, traffic lights, signs, etc. Never get in the way of the procession or climb on any objects. Always use your common sense: do not put yourself or your children at risk during the celebrations.
  • Always stay behind the barriers and safety signs on the procession route.
  • Do not speak or make any signs that could distract the security staff, anyone walking alongside the floats or anyone driving them, unless you are reporting an accident or emergency.
  • Never go up to or try to climb on board a float.
  • Never crouch down on the route to pick up any sweets in front of the floats, as you may get in the way of those coming behind.
  • Never cross between the floats, or go up to them when they stop or fill up with fuel.
  • Do not throw sweets at security staff, at the people on the floats or at anyone watching the procession.
  • Once the event is over, leave your area in an orderly fashion, keeping to the exit order and following the instructions of the security services.
  • If you notice any incident, you should inform a member of the security staff immediately and, if necessary, call 112.

Advice in case of emergency

  • Keep calm and listen out for any instructions from the emergency services. Take particular care with children and people with disabilities.
  • Leave the event via the places indicated and along the nearest streets, without stopping. Under no circumstances should you turn back.
  • Avoid shouting, running or pushing, as that could cause very dangerous situations given the large number of people gathered around you.
  • Once you are in a safe area, if you cannot find someone, tell the emergency services.
  • If there is an emergency and you try calling 112 from a mobile but fail to find a signal, it may be that the lines are all busy: look for a landline to call from.

 

Three Kings Parade route 2020

When: 5 January

Timetable: From 6 pm

Schedule for the head of the parade:

  • Circumval·lació at 6 pm
  • Plaça d’Antonio López at 6.20 pm
  • Plaça d’Antoni Maura at 6.40 pm
  • Plaça d’Urquinaona at 7.10 pm
  • Plaça Catalunya – Fontanella at 7.20 pm
  • Plaça Universitat / Ronda de Sant Antoni at 7.40 pm
  • Sepúlveda / Urgell at 8.05 pm
  • Plaça Espanya / Av. Maria Cristina at 8.50 pm
  • Av. Maria Cristina / Av. De Rius i Taulet at 9.10 pm

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