Thousands lined the streets of East Harlem Friday for the 35th annual Three Kings Day Parade, which marks the end of the Christmas season.
It celebrates the feast of the Epiphany, when Christians believe the three wise men brought gifts to the baby Jesus.
The parade featured camels, puppets, and marching bands.
"I like everything, the spirit of the three kings is nice. I like the people and all the celebrating and getting together," said one young parade goer.
"I enjoy the tall people, like you know how they're tall, and the little kids because they're so happy, and the three kings and everything. I enjoyed everything," said another.
El Museo Del Barrio produces the parade each year, with this year's theme "Cultura de Compartir", or the culture of sharing.
"It's about sharing with our friends, and sharing with people who perhaps need our friendship, need our sympathy, and need our help," said El Museo Del Barrio Executive Director Margarita Aguilar.
Poet and playwright Jesus "Papoleto" Melendez, singer Johnny Colon, and writer Esmeralda Santiago represented the three kings in the parade.
"I was just thrilled to be asked to be one of the kings here, or a queen in this case," Santiago said.
"I"m extremely honored and emotionally moved to be here present as is everybody else," said Colon.
For many, the parade is a way to continue traditions that have been in their family for years.
"I grew up with it, my mother instilled it in us, even though we celebrate Christmas, we still celebrate the three kings, it's part of the Puerto Rican Culture," said one parade goer.
"Everybody feels like a kid today, I don't know, it's just a joyish little kid day," said Melendez.