Christmas in Spain is celebrated twice per year; first on Christmas Eve, and then again on Reyes – Three Kings Day, or the Epiphany – when children traditionally receive gifts delivered to them from bearded sorcerers of the Far East. Reyes Eve is celebrated throughout Spain with a Cabalgata de Reyes, a parade in which sweets are tossed by the kings’ retinues atop floats onto the onlookers below. It is said that Reyes is a children’s event, but at a Reyes parade adults briefly turn into children again.

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A group of militant students demands tribute from onlookers on balconies
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A gorilla patiently makes his way through the crowded streets as children make fun of his enormous ‘culo’
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Onlookers seek refuge from hail of sweets, others celebrate and envy winnings
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Onlookers seek approval of King Balthazar
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A Biblical-sized serpent passes through the parade
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Onlookers in wild adulation as Gaspar the Wise delivers the goods