The coronavirus pandemic is once again testing everyone’s ability to adapt and no more so than on 5 January for the arrival of the Three Kings bringing gifts for the youngsters.
Because of health and security restrictions the traditional cavalcades featuring Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar that always attract huge crowds have been cancelled and town councils in the south of Spain have had to come up with innovative ways for the children to see them.
The town council has chosen to replace the Cavalcade of the Magi with a static event, which will be located on Avenida Ricardo Soriano, between Paseo de la Alameda and the Marqués de Salamanca building. The circuit will be fenced and walked, with the corresponding security measures, between 11am and 8pm and it will only be possible to attend by pre-booking an appointment.
In Estepona, their Majesties from the East will be present, on 5 January, at the town's fair ground, so that children can deliver their letters to them.
To comply with all health recommendations, the town council say the event is by invitation only. Each invitation will be valid for a family group of up to six members and a maximum of 6,000 invitations will be available. The event will take place from 10am to 7pm.
In Mijas, from 3pm to 7pm families will be able to visit the Virgen de la Peña square, in Mijas Pueblo. and also the esplanade of the fair ground in Las Lagunas or the square next to the boulevard of La Cala de Mijas to see the Three Kings. The events, stressed the council, will take place in compliance with all health security measures and ensuring that the limited capacity is respected.
The Benalmádena town council has opted for a tour of the Three Kings in convertible cars. They will begin to circulate the streets from eleven in the morning and the council says they will tour "the maximum number of streets possible” escorted by courted by Civil Protection vehicles.
In Fuengirola, the arrival of the Three Wise Men will be televised. There will be a broadcast in the morning and another in the afternoon. Councillor Isabel Moreno said , "the little ones will be able, throughout the day, to make calls to municipal television to speak with the Three Kings ."
The Three Kings will be in the courtyard of the old town hall from 11am to 2pm and from 4pm to 8pm welcoming all the children of the town. It will be socially-distanced encounter but will allow the children to see the Three Kings as close as possible.
"We are going to do it by increasing security measures," explained the Councillor for Tourism, Aida Blanes. There will be three different queues in the Plaza de la Independencia and it will be the children who will have to choose to speak with Melchor, Gaspar or Baltasar, although once they enter the building they will be able to see the three Magi together.
Rincon de la Victoria
In Rincón de la Victoria, there will be static events in different parts of the town; the Plaza Gloria Fuertes in La Cala del Moral, the old Torre de Benagalbón railway station and La Casa Fuerte Bezmiliana in Rincón de la Victoria. Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar will receive the little ones from 10am
The Three Wise Men can be visited through a static parade “full of surprises” without getting out of the car and thus complying with all anti-Covid measures. The parade will be made up of a total of 28 animated floats, which will culminate in the floats of the Three Kings and their pages.
The event will run from 11am to 2pm and from 4pm to 7pm in the Plaza de San Roque de Torrox and in the Plaza de La Marina de El Morche. At all times it will be ensured that no crowds form.
The mountain town will have a static parade at the El Fuerte sports facilities. There will be three areas to visit. The first outside, on the football field, with be filled with attractions and inflatables. The second, inside the sports hall will have scenes inspired by Disney characters and music by the Centro de Artes Escénicas Entre Bambalinas as well as a float with Damas Goyescas. The third, will feature the floats of the three Magi and their entourage. The hours are from 11am to 1pm. and from 4pm to 10pm.
In Malaga the arrival of Three Wise Men at the Alcazaba palace will be broadcast on local television, where they will be received by the Mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre. Due to the pandemic, these sequences have been pre-recorded so they will not actually be appearing there on 5 January. Councillor Teresa Porras said, "We have been studying other events, such as a static parade or procession, but it is true that the situation we are in prevents us from doing this type of activity."
If you do not want to spend the entire afternoon glued to the television you can still visit the figures of Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar that have been installed in strategic points of the city centre. Melchor can be seen on Calle Alcazabilla, Gaspar on Plaza de Félix Sáenz and Baltasar on Calle Compañía. Royal mail boxes to send letter to their majesties in the eleven districts of the city. Royal mail boxes to send letter to their majesties in the eleven districts of the city.