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Museo del Barrio in New York, ready to celebrate the Three Kings procession

The New York Neighborhood Museum is ready to celebrate its traditional and long-awaited parade of the Kings Day on January 6, focused this year on the importance of mental health and well-being, in light of the political and health events of recent years in the US.

The artistic institution of “El Barrio”, the Latino neighborhood of Harlem, created by the Puerto Rican community in the 1960s, indicated in a statement that this is an event that celebrates life and culture, and that it will feature camels, puppets of colors, partying and music while walking through its main streets.

The poet, author and activist Jesús “Papoleto” Meléndez, who is the emeritus king of the paradewill headline this 46th edition, which pays homage to its diverse community with three women playing the role of wise men.

They will be Paloma Izquierdo Hernández, president of the Urban Health Plan (UHP), a system of health centers that serves a low-income population in three counties of the city; hip hop and R&B singer, songwriter, and actress Princess Nokia; and award-winning mental health activist and author Dior Vargas.

Among the godmothers and godfathers are Jali Brown Cepedafounder of new yorkersa digital archival project that documents the city’s Latino and Caribbean culture and history through photographs and family histories, and Richard “Crazy Legs” Colondancer described as the most iconic Latino figure in hip hop history and one of the pioneers of the genre, originally from The Bronx.

Among the godparents, the activist of the LGBTQ community also stands out Charles Rice Gonzalezco-founder of BAAD!, The Bronx Academy of Dance and Arts, and educator.

The parade will pay tribute to figures from the world of the arts who passed away this year: the plastic artists Domingo García, Freddy Rodríguez and Carmen Herrera; the singer and dancer Irene Cara; rapper Gloria “Huracán G” Rodríguez; photographer Hiram Maristany, former director of the Museo del Barrio and who has documented Harlem’s Latin Quarter and its cultural legacy for nearly six decades; the musicologist Roberta Singer and the percussionist and cultural manager who dedicated himself to promoting the traditional Puerto Rican rhythms of the bomba and the plena Tito Matos.

This year’s commemorative poster is the work of artist Tanya Torres. “This year, by illustrating the Three Wise Men in a playful and colorful way, I offer this gift to all the children of this tough and beloved city,” the artist said in the statement.

“This is my house, my street, some moments of my life in which the Three Kings were present in my heart and in the hearts of the people I met in the same place where the Three Kings remembered me, where I They left their gifts that I now share in this image”, Torres also indicated.

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