The Three Kings Parade

Three Kings Parade's 2019 route

When: 5 January

Timetable: From 18.00

Schedule for the head of the parade:

  • Circumval·lació at 18:00 h
  • Plaça d’Antonio López at 18:20 h
  • Plaça d’Antoni Maura at 18:40 h
  • Plaça d’Urquinaona at 19:10 h
  • Plaça Catalunya – Fontanella at 19:20 h
  • Plaça Universitat / Ronda de Sant Antoni at 19:40 h
  • Sepúlveda / Urgell at 20:05 h
  • Plaça Espanya / Av. Maria Cristina at 20:50 h
  • Av. Maria Cristina / Av. De Rius i Taulet at 21:10 h

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The Three Kings of the Orient arrive on 5 January, signalling the start of the most magical night of the year.

Their Majesties Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar will be arriving at the Moll de la Fusta wharf on board the schooner Santa Eulàlia at 4 pm on 5 January. As ever, they’ll be accompanied by their entourage of fantastic creatures and royal messengers, ready to collect people’s last-minute wishes before the magical night begins. After being welcomed by the Mayor and handed the keys to the city, which open the door of every home, the royal group will set off on their parade around the streets of Barcelona, ending up at the Magic Fountain in Montjuïc around 9 pm.

This year’s parade is headed by Senyor Hivern (Mr.Winter) and the Gran Llibre de les Coses Petites (Big Book of Little Things) and the rest of our Christmas protagonists, making their way along under a shower of snowflakes and moving to the rhythm, chords and melodies of live music. Naturally, the royal floats and all the iconic figures for the parade will be involved, such as the pages Estel and Gregori, the royal messengers, characters collecting dummies from toddlers giving them up, floats full of toys, and, at least one full of coal for kids who haven’t been good! Sweet throwers will be there too, showering Barcelona’s children with sweets to bid Christmas farewell with the sweetest of smiles!

Where: the 2019'th Parade will start at 6 pm on Av. Marquès de l'Argentera. The Kings and their retinue will then parade 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's 2019 route

When: 5 January

Timetable: From 18.00

Schedule for the head of the parade:

  • Circumval·lació at 18:00 h
  • Plaça d’Antonio López at 18:20 h
  • Plaça d’Antoni Maura at 18:40 h
  • Plaça d’Urquinaona at 19:10 h
  • Plaça Catalunya – Fontanella at 19:20 h
  • Plaça Universitat / Ronda de Sant Antoni at 19:40 h
  • Sepúlveda / Urgell at 20:05 h
  • Plaça Espanya / Av. Maria Cristina at 20:50 h
  • Av. Maria Cristina / Av. De Rius i Taulet at 21:10 h

Arrival video #ReisBCN at Twitter Traffic alterations

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