3 Kings Day Parade Brings Christmas to Close in East Harlem

Holiday marks the last official day of the Christmas season

The old Three Kings of El Barrio have retired.

Three new, handmade 12-foot puppets representing the royal trio helped lead today's parade in East Harlem. They were joined by a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, a Broadway composer and noted artists.

Also on hand: three camels, five sheep and thousands of children from around the city.

The new puppets were created by a team of artists, and were made of papier mache and fabrics.

They were designed with the help of a movement specialist to gracefully march through the streets of the neighborhood.

Three Kings Day is considered the last official day of the Christmas season.

It's also known as the Epiphany. It marks the biblical journey of the three kings to Bethlehem who brought the baby Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

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