PHOTO BY CHUCK HOVEN Friday, January 8, 2016; Fiesta de Reyes (Three Kings Day Celebration), Hispanic Youth Center, 3115 Scranton Road: Mother Mary, portrayed by Tatiana Garcia, age 16, cradles the Christ child while the three kings present their gifts.
Plain Press, February 2016) On January 8th, children and their families packed into the Hispanic Youth Center at 3115 Scranton Road to participate in the celebration of Fiesta de Reyes (Three Kings’ Day Celebration). The event, hosted by the City of Cleveland Community Relations Board and planned and executed by the Cleveland Office of the Hispanic Liaison, commemorates the arrival of the Three Kings in Bethlehem of Judea to bring gifts and honor the Christ Child and the Holy Family. The annual event features food, beverages, entertainment and gifts for children.
Community Relations Board Hispanic Liaison Lucy Torres welcomed the crowd and the three kings Melchior, Caspar and Balthazr (Michael Shockley, Michael McDonald and Edwin Parris) worked their way through the crowd in a slow procession. While children awaited the distribution of gifts, the three kings sat regally in their thrones in front of the room. Joseph, portrayed by Felix Ramos Muñoz, age 16, and Mary, portrayed by Tatiana Garcia, also sat in front of the room holding the baby Jesus. Dancing angels from the Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center entertained the Holy Family, while children sitting in the front rows of the crowd delighted in viewing the dancing.
About 25 youths from the Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center helped put on a program for the Children and their families that included angels, models and two dance groups. One of the dance groups, the Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center’s Sabor Latino, performed two traditional Puerto Rican dances called Plena and Bomba.
Children also engaged in a number of organized games with teams of girls and teams of boys of various ages competing with each other for prizes.
After the entertainment and games, the children were grouped by age and lined up to receive gifts.
Event sponsors included Hispanic UMADAOP, Esperanza, Hispanic Alliance, Spanish American Committee, Old Stone Church, Ward 14 Councilman Brian Cummins and Attorney Margaret Wong.