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Hundreds of thousands of people celebrate Three Kings’ Parade across Tenerife 

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Tenerife celebrated its most magical night of the year with hundreds of thousands of people turning out from north to south for the traditional Three Kings’ Parade.

They arrived by all modes of transport, including by helicopter, but no matter how they made their appearance, the crowds of people made up of people of all ages, whether residents or tourists, were totally enthralled by the Spanish tradition.

Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar made their way through the streets, with Santa Cruz leading the way with an estimated turnout of 240,000 people.

The Three Kings arrived during the afternoon at the city’s Heliodoro Rodríguez López Stadium in front of almost 17,000 people before starting their ride through the streets of the capital.

The parade featured a massive display of characters, more than 1,000 in fact, with inflatables and floats.

Thousands of children took to the streets in Puerto de la Cruz for an equally spectacular display. More than 15,000 people gathered in the municipality to enjoy the traditional cavalcade which struck up a record this year for the greatest number of decorations.

Eight floats, giant light horses, children’s storytelling characters, traditional figures, gifts and more than 400 people accompanied the Magi from the East who departed from the Castillo de San Felipe.

Over two hours, the Kings received more than 100 children, who were able to deliver their letters to the Magi and make their request for personal gifts.

For the fourth consecutive year, and through a request from the Platform for an Accessible and Diverse Puerto de la Cruz, the council marked a space in front of the Church of La Peñita reserved for children with reduced mobility and functional diversity, a place where the delegation stopped on the road to greet them in a special way.

Once in the Plaza de Europa, Their Majesties were received by the Children’s Choir of the British School Tenerife, to later perform the adoration of the Child Jesus. At the end, the Three Wise Men were able to address the thousands of children who from the first hours looked forward to seeing the Kings from the balcony of the Town Hall, where they were received by the mayor, Lope Afonso.

Thanks to new technologies, the Cavalcade was seen all over the world. Those who could not be present in Puerto de la Cruz followed it through the social networks, via streaming, through the profiles of the council’s social networks and fiestas. There were also three giant screens in different points of the route.

In Adeje, the Three Kings arrived in the municipality in a helicopter which took them from the East to the Municipal Football Field, where they will received by the mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, who gave them the key to the magical city.

Thousands of people enjoyed a show by the Beanky Ballet and the School of Rhythmic Gymnastics, which served as a prelude to the Great Cavalcade of Kings.

During the procession, more than 600 kilos of sugar-free candy were distributed.

Sweets free of allergens were also handed out during the Three Kings event in Los Cristianos with the Three Kings leaving from the Cultural Centre and arriving in the esplanade of the Casa del Mar, where they collected the letters of the little ones.

A large team of professionals ensured the fun and safety of the more than 20,000 attendees.

These festivities were reflected the length and breadth of Tenerife in all sorts of formats with the Three Kings always as the stars.

Nearly 240,000 people, major and small, were surrendered to the magic displayed by Their Majesties Melchior, Gaspar and Baltasar in the streets of Santa Cruz, before starting their night journey through the homes of the city.

The mayor, José Manuel Bermúdez, delivered this afternoon to the Magi the master key of all the houses of Santa Cruz in the welcome ceremony held at the Estadio Heliodoro Rodríguez López, crowded with enthusiasm.

The delivery of the key, in any case, was only possible after the boys and girls defeated the evil witch Paulina and allowed the mayor to fulfill his role with Their Majesties

Some 600 dancers and extras participated in a bright and colorful show, followed with great expectation by the 16,652 people gathered in the Heliodoro – last year they agreed to 13.900 – they did not stop for a moment to cheer and cheer the Magi.

Although it is usual for tickets to sell each year to be sold out, in this edition there has been the greatest effective public attendance at the Stadium, which gradually accessed the site and without queues being registered at doors that were opened at 3:30 p.m. Nor has there been any incidence or complaints regarding tents where families had to leave the baby carts, as a slogan.

After this warm reception, the Cabalgata de Reyes began, which still runs along the main roads of the Tenerife capital in an unprecedented display of characters – more than a thousand – inflatables, floats or rolling elements.

The groups of the Carnival have been added one more year to the Cabalgata de Reyes, providing the dose of happiness and animation that only they know how to display.

The Parade of Kings of Santa Cruz de Tenerife has been included this year by the newspaper El Mundo among the twenty best in Spain.