The Three Kings Parade of Córdoba will conclude with the adoration of the Child Jesus in the AlpargateCORDOVA
The Kings Parade Wizards of Cordova from 2024organized for the first time this year bya private company Grupo Mundowill maintain the route of recent years, but will include a new event at the end of the parade in the Alparagate square. At the end of the route, on Ollerías Avenue, the Three Wise Men and their royal entourage will leave the floats behind—which will march toward Agrupación Córdoba—and move to Cristo de Gracia Square. in horse carriages provided by the Traditional Trailer Association.
Once there, Their Majesties of the East will climb the stairs of the Church of the Fathers of Gracia and at its entrance they will carry out the adoration of the Child Jesus to whom they will offer the gifts. The delegate of Festivals and Traditions, Julián Urbano, explained today that once there the Three Wise Men will make “a small intervention and there will be a small party”, although he did not want to reveal more details so that it would be a surprise. The person in charge of the event has guaranteed that he will coordinate with those responsible for the Vñuela parade so that the two events do not overlap.
The municipal officials held a press conference today to explain that the company awarded the parade is already working on its organization and that although this year the Federation of Peñas Cordobesas will not be responsible for the event, it will also participate in the celebration of the parade. Your president, Juan Serrano, This has been confirmed and has offered the work of the peñistas in the development of the parade. Besidesthe Peñas will continue to draw to choose King Baltasar among the peñistas, while Melchor will continue to be played by a man from Córdoba and Gaspar by a relevant character chosen by the local government.
This summer, Córdoba City Council decided to outsource the design and organization of the parade for a period of two years and a tender price of 880,000 euros (which triples the budget of the 2023 Parade). The company that was awarded the contract was Grupo Mundo, which organizes, among others, the Malaga parade.
Presentation of the Three Kings Parade.
In addition to the clubs, the Reina Sofía hospital, the Civil Guard, the National Police, the Fire Department and the Post Office will participate in the parade. Julián Urbano recalled that the procession will be made up of 14 floats, three music bands, five parades, a group of trunks and the royal guard. During the parade, 16,500 cases of crayons, 26,00 children’s bracelets, 21,875 bubble wands, 16,800 toys, 2,100 packages of worms, 14,5000 kilos of candy, etc. will be distributed.
More traditional symbols
The mayor, José María Bellido, has recognized that his government team faces this parade with more enthusiasm than ever and wanting to respond to citizen demand that asked for an improvement in the procession. The mayor has expressed his desire that it not be “just a parade, but an innovative trip with touches of magic” and has indicated that it will be a “more ambitious” proposal than will increase the role of traditional Christmas symbology and return to the roots of the holiday.
Likewise, Bellido has highlighted the important economic and administrative effort that the Córdoba City Council has made with this contract and has asked for indulgence in case, despite all that effort, it is not 100% to the liking of the citizens. He has thanked the Federation of Peñas for continuing to collaborate with the procession.