Sunday 5th January 2020 marked the 63rd occasion of the Three Kings Cavalcade in Gibraltar. Thousands of locals and visitors turned out to wave, clap and cheer the parade, and enjoy the colourful procession, a tradition enjoyed especially by children because of the scores of sweets distributed by the processionals. This year was particularly exciting due to the quality of the floats, although less than last year, still exceptionally impressive.
Local families, charities, sports groups and businesses kept with the regular tradition and assisted directly with the procession starting with the Magi themselves. The Three Kings, each with their own trailer throne, assisted by their adorable pages.
Ticker tape rained down while ten floats, four ground arrangements, Miss Gibraltar Celine Bolaños and her two princesses, each in separate classic cars supplied by Gibraltar Classic Cars passed through a packed Main Street, waving to the crowds.
The traditional marching bands included The Gibraltar Sea Scouts Pipe band playing those melodic Celtic bagpipes, the rousing military Band and Corps of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment and The Gibraltar Band and Drums Association.
Charities supporting the event included ChildLine and the Gibraltar Anti Bullying campaign.
The most thought provoking and winner of the junior section, the Gibraltar Youth Service’s amazing turnout “Go Green” float, surely the most talked about subject in the news these days. The impactful float really hit home the message of climate change and damage to the environment. Second prize was the colourful and wonderful Wizard of Oz, brought to us by Lynx FC. Glacis Football Club came third but certainly not last, with their fun filled float and huge footballs bouncing across Main Street providing endless entertainment for the crowds!
The senior floats brought much delight, with the winning Harry Potter float, created by the Bolloqui family together with Europa FC, winning themselves top prize, second prize going to Resolve Marine Services for their mermaid themed “Siren Song” float. The Royal Gibraltar Regiment won third prize, with their rather fearsome “Barbarians” offering.
A big well done to everyone who participated, and we are already looking forward to next year’s cavalcade!
Here is the full lineup of the cavalcade, with links where available.