Two weeks of Christmas celebrations reached a climax in the Spanish capital, Madrid on Saturday night (January 5), with a huge street procession.
GV Float in procession depicting the birth of Christ
SV Sign carried in procession
SV Sheep in Procession
GV Float of Kings
CU Children watching
CU Girl waves beside float (2 shots)
SV PAN Roman Soldiers and Chariots
SV Shepherds with burning torches
CU King Melchoir greets people
CU Small child
SV Three Kings left to right Casper Mielchoir and Balthazar
TV King Melchoir lays Casket of Gold on Crib
SV PAN Crib PAN UP TO Star
SV King Caspar offers incense
SV King Balthazar offers Myrrh
SV INTERIOR Child puts shoes on windowsill (2 shots)
SV Crowd wave to Kings on balcony
LV Kings waving
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Background: Two weeks of Christmas celebrations reached a climax in the Spanish capital, Madrid on Saturday night (January 5), with a huge street procession.
The traditional procession precedes the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6, and commemorates the journey of the Three Kings (or Magi) to Bethlehem, and the offering of gifts to the infant Jesus Christ.
In Spain, the Feast of the Epiphany --- rather than Christmas Day --- is the time to exchange presents and children receive gifts from the Three Kings--rather than Santa Claus.
The children leave their shoes on the windowsills of their homes after the procession; the Kings, according to the legend, put gifts in the shoes.
The street procession ends with a re-enactment of the Kings' offering of gifts to the infant Jesus.