In Spain the main festival over the Christmas period is the feast of the Three Kings. Most cities and villages celebrate the arrival of the Three Kings with a parade where the Kings shower the local children with sweets and presents, and Cartagena was no exception.
Dick and Joan took us into the city about 6pm and we took up our vantage point along the route the parade was going to take. All we had to do was follow the crowds of people who were all around, with the very young children trying to get right to the front so they could catch as many sweets as they could!
About 7pm the atmosphere was building and the first of the floats came past. They were all very colourful, with music coming from most of them. Disney characters walked along and interacted with the children, sweets were thrown from most of the floats, fire jugglers and ladies dressed as nymphs danced along the route, along with brass and drum bands…then right at the end the Three Kings came through on massive floats.
The crowd went mental! Children of all ages and adults were calling out to the Kings trying to get their attention, and we saw one chap launch himself to try and catch a toy for the his little boy who was still in his arms. It was quite impressive to see as he caught it (child still in tact) and then got stuck in trying to catch another one for his other child. As we left we noticed he’d achieved his aim and his children looked very happy!
It was a lovely evening to experience and well worth going to, with a really friendly atmosphere amongst all ages. We would recommend the festival to everyone - a real feel good factor.