The Procession of the Three Kings or Cabalgata los Reyes Magos is a very important Christmas tradition in Spain. In Barcelona, thousands of people gather at the harbour steps of the Moll de Fusta and watch as the trio arrive by boat.
When the boat of the three Kings is first spotted fireworks are let off. A flotilla of boats in the harbour also let off noisy fog horns to signal their arrival. A 21-gun salute is provided when the regal procession arrives safely on dry land. At this point the colourful procession which is led by the Mayor of the city as well as the Metropolitan guard starts to make its way towards the centre of the city. The procession goes past many of the major monuments and attractions of the city. It ends at the fountain of Montjuïc which is floodlit beautifully for the occasion. Classical music written especially for the event booms out of speakers set up there.
It is an event that is very special for both local Spanish residents and visitors to the city of Barcelona. It will be taking place in January 2012 and is of course completely free. The Procession of the Three Kings is an important cultural and religious event that takes place every year in Barcelona. If you are lucky enough to be in Barcelona at the start of 2012, make sure you get to witness the procession either as it arrives by boat or as is processes through the city.