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Three Kings parades go ahead, but with all eyes on the weather

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The Three Wise Men in the old town of Marbella on Thursday. / J-L

  • The Wise Men arrived a day early at Marbella's marina last night as children across the Costa finalised their letters with their wishes for gifts

The Costa is in the grip of the magic of the Three Kings who are arriving from the east bringing gifts to children and spreading joy across homes throughout the area tonight (Friday, 5 January).

Preparations have been under way for some time for the visit by their majesties in carnival-style parades in towns and villages along the coast and inland. However weather forecasters are warning that, after a long dry period, the celebrations are likely to be dampened by some light rain in parts and high winds.

While in most places, the Three Kings, (Balthasar, Gaspar and Melchior), arrive on the night of the 5th, Marbella got ahead of the rest with a break with tradition this year. On Thursday at 5pm the Kings were spotted sailing into the town's main marina aboard the Fly Blue catamaran, as they have done in previous years.

From there they boarded three vintage cars for the traditional welcome ceremony in the old town in front of the town's mayor.

Elsewhere, across the Costa, Thursday saw an evening of intense preparations, with the Three Kings paying visits to community centres and associations in between last-minute wrapping of presents for the children.

In anticipation of the unsettled weather forecast, Marbella announced that its main parade tonight (Friday) would start an hour earlier at 5pm for the safety of participants.

In Malaga city, organisers, looking closely at the skies, have decided to go ahead at the usual time, with the Kings arriving at city hall at 5pm.

Tomorrow, Saturday, is a day of present-opening and a national holiday.