Monday, January 05, 2009

Navidad Criolla

Three Kings Parade in El Barrio is Tomorrow

The camels are back! El Museo del Barrio is thrilled to announce that El Barrio community members together with government officials have rallied to save the camels. Mayor Michael Bloomberg will lead Tuesday’s parade together with the Three Kings and some 1,500+ children.
This morning, Commissioner Guillermo Linares of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs came to El Museo’s aid by identifying a possible donor, local developer Atlantis Management Group, to help fund the camels. At the same time, local Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito and East Harlem activist Gloria Quinones made a heartfelt appeal to the neighborhood and raised additional funds. Together, these donations mean that the Three Kings will once more march with their camels (and sheep!) through El Barrio.
“This is a gift in the true spirit of the Three Kings—the community saw our need and came to our aid,” states Julian Zugazagoitia, director of El Museo del Barrio.
In the end, El Barrio leaders came to the rescue, together with Atlantis Management Group—a company which owns and develops gas stations and Dunkin Donuts franchises in New York City.
At this time, El Museo has received donations for the camels and sheep from Atlantis Management Group and community members Maria Cruz, Robert Espier, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Albert Medina, Lynn Lewis, Lulu Lola, Myrna Rivera, Haydee Rosario, and Gloria QuiƱones. More community donations are expected.
Parade officials expect that this year’s event will bring all the excitement and cheer of this festival to 5,000 spectators and as many as 1,500 children, who receive gifts from the Three Kings. In addition, families and community members will partake in the Saturday Jan. 10th celebrations.

PARADE DETAILS:
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 6

*stiltwalkers, camels, three kings in costume, puppets, artists, school groups, music*

For more information, www.elmuseo.org.

source: El Museo press release
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