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Delivering illusions. Ancient Christmas in Alcoy


Lourdes Segade

There's a small city in Spain called Alcoy where they have the most antique parade of the Three Wise Men in the country. It is 120 years old and it is probably the oldest one known in the world as well. For those who live in Alcoy it is impossible to not believe in the Three Wise Men. On the 4th of January, the Emisary arrives in the city to read the message from the Wise and to collect the children's letters for them. The day after, the 5th of January, they arrive riding their camels, with the presents for baby Jesus (represented by a real baby) and followed by lots, hundreds of pages who give presents to kids and adults by delivering them personally. They use ladders to get up to the balconies and deliver the gifts. These called 'The Blacks' are the messengers of dreams and illusions.


 

Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0047252

"Els Negres" (The Blacks) are a very important element of the Three Wise Men parade. They are in charge of delivering the presents house by house accessing by long ladders they take along the itinerary. With 119 years of history, it is the most ancient one in Spain. Alcoy, Alicante (Spain)

Alcoy, Alicante, Espagne - 05/01/2005

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Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0047254

"Els Negres" (The Blacks) are a very important element of the Three Wise Men parade. They are in charge of delivering the presents house by house accessing by long ladders they take along the itinerary. With 119 years of history, it is the most ancient one in Spain. Alcoy, Alicante (Spain)

Alcoy, Alicante, Espagne - 05/01/2005

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Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0047251

"Els Negres" (The Blacks) are a very important element of the Three Wise Men parade. They are in charge of delivering the presents house by house accessing by long ladders they take along the itinerary. With 119 years of history, it is the most ancient one in Spain. Alcoy, Alicante (Spain)

Alcoy, Alicante (Spain), Alicante, Espagne - 05/01/2005

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Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0047260

Beatriz takes a present a page has brought her. The Blacks are a very important element of the Three Wise Men parade. They deliver the presents house by house accessing by long ladders they take along. With 119 years of history, it is the most ancient one in Spain. Alcoy, Alicante (Spain)

Alcoy, Alicante (Spain), Alicante, Espagne - 05/01/2005

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Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0047270

Two little girls expectantly wait for the donkeys to arrive as they want to put their letters for the Three Wise Men in the boxes carried by the animals so they will get their presents the day after. Alcoy, Alicante (Spain)

Alcoy, Alicante (Spain), Alicante, Espagne - 04/01/2005

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Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0047275

Kids and parents want to put their letters for the Three Wise Men in the boxes carried by the donkeys so they will get their presents the day after Alcoy, Alicante (Spain)

Alcoy, Alicante, Espagne - 04/01/2005

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Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0047266

Sara, hold by her grandfather, looks through the window how the shepherds dance in the street. It is her first Christmas. Alcoy, Alicante (Spain)

Alcoy, Alicante (Spain), Alicante, Espagne - 04/01/2005

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Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0047274

Big trucks at the end of the parade show the kids that the Three Wise Men have come carrying lots of presents for everybody. Alcoy, Alicante (Spain)

Alcoy, Alicante (Spain), Alicante, Espagne - 04/01/2005

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Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0047269

The emisary of the Three Wise Men goes to Alcoy every year on the 4th of January in order to read the royal message to the inhabitants of the city. Alcoy, Alicante (Spain)

Alcoy, Alicante (Spain), Alicante, Espagne - 04/01/2005

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Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0047276

A group of shepherds as they dance. Alcoy, Alicante (Spain)

Alcoy, Alicante (Spain), Alicante, Espagne - 04/01/2005

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Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0047271

A group of shepherds as they sing carols and dance. Alcoy, Alicante (Spain)

Alcoy, Alicante (Spain), Alicante, Espagne - 04/01/2005

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Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0047272

A group of shepherds as they sing carols and dance. Alcoy, Alicante (Spain)

Alcoy, Alicante (Spain), Alicante, Espagne - 04/01/2005

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Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0047277

The Tirisiti Nativity scene is a puppets theater that has been represented in Alcoy for more than 150 years. Tirisiti (in the image) is the main character and, as all the other puppets, it is moved by humans. Alcoy, Alicante (Spain)

Alcoy, Alicante (Spain), Alicante, Espagne - 03/01/2005

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Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0047273

Many balconies are adorned with puppets pretending page boys, the ones who –the night of the 5th of January– climb long ladders bringing the presents from the Three Wise Men. Alcoy, Alicante (Spain)

Alcoy, Alicante (Spain), Alicante, Espagne - 05/01/2005

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Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0047249

"Els Negres" (The Blacks) are a very important element of the Three Wise Men parade. They are in charge of delivering the presents house by house accessing by long ladders they take along the itinerary. With 119 years of history, it is the most ancient one in Spain. Alcoy, Alicante (Spain)

Alcoy, Alicante (Spain), Alicante, Espagne - 05/01/2005

exclusivity only in france and belgium

 

Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0047250

"Els Negres" (The Blacks) are a very important element of the Three Wise Men parade. They are in charge of delivering the presents house by house accessing by long ladders they take along the itinerary. With 119 years of history, it is the most ancient one in Spain. Alcoy, Alicante (Spain)

Alcoy, Alicante (Spain), Alicante, Espagne - 05/01/2005

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Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0047268

People waiting for the Three Wise Men parade to pass by. With 119 years of history, it is the most ancient one in Spain. Alcoy, Alicante (Spain)

Alcoy, Alicante (Spain), Alicante, Espagne - 05/01/2005

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Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0047265

Melchior, Caspar and Balthasar as they approach to where baby Jesus lays down –represented by a real baby– in order to offer him their presents. Alcoy, Alicante (Spain)

Alcoy, Alicante (Spain), Alicante, Espagne - 05/01/2005

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Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0047246

Mariah, Joseph and baby Jesus at the crib right after having got the presents from the three wise men. Alcoy, Alicante (Spain)

Alcoy, Alicante (Spain), Alicante, Espagne - 05/01/2005

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Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0047255

Melchior as he arrives at the most important part of the itinerary: Spain Square. The Three Wise Men get off the camels and give the presents they bring to baby Jesus (represented by a real baby). Alcoy, Alicante (Spain)

Alcoy, Alicante (Spain), Alicante, Espagne - 05/01/2005

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Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0047264

Balthasar tries to kiss and touch a little boy offered to him by his father. All parents want their children to be kissed by one of the Three Wise Men, and they patiently kiss every kid. The camels don't like it so much. Alcoy, Alicante (Spain)

Alcoy, Alicante (Spain), Alicante, Espagne - 05/01/2005

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Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0047263

Balthasar as he kisses a little boy offered to him by his father. All parents want their children to be kissed by one of the Three Wise Men, and they patiently kiss every kid. Alcoy, Alicante (Spain)

Alcoy, Alicante (Spain), Alicante, Espagne - 05/01/2005

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Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0047257

Caspar as he arrives at the most important part of the itinerary: Spain Square. The Three Wise Men get off the camels and give the presents they bring to baby Jesus (represented by a real baby). Alcoy, Alicante (Spain)

Alcoy, Alicante (Spain), Alicante, Espagne - 05/01/2005

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Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0047253

"Els Negres" (The Blacks) are a very important element of the Three Wise Men parade. They are in charge of delivering the presents house by house accessing by long ladders they take along the itinerary. With 119 years of history, the parade is the most ancient one in Spain. Alcoy, Alicante (Spain)

Alcoy, Alicante (Spain), Alicante, Espagne - 05/01/2005

exclusivity only in france and belgium

 

Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0047247

"Els Negres" (The Blacks) are a very important element of the Three Wise Men parade. They are in charge of delivering the presents house by house accessing. With 119 years of history, it is the most ancient one in Spain. Alcoy, Alicante (Spain)

Alcoy, Alicante (Spain), Alicante, Espagne - 05/01/2005

exclusivity only in france and belgium

 

Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0047248

"Els Negres" (The Blacks) are a very important element of the Three Wise Men parade. They are in charge of delivering the presents house by house. With 119 years of history, it is the most ancient one in Spain. Alcoy, Alicante (Spain)

Alcoy, Alicante (Spain), Alicante, Espagne - 05/01/2005

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Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0047262

Mar (in the center) and Pablo (with glasses) are thrilled by the presence of the pages. Also auntie Mari Carmen. The Blacks are a very important element of the Three Wise Men parade, as they deliver the presents house by house accessing by long ladders. Alcoy, Alicante (Spain)

Alcoy, Alicante (Spain), Alicante, Espagne - 05/01/2005

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Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0047261

Mar is thrilled by the presence of the pages, who have brought her a big present she tries to lift. The Blacks are a very important element of the Three Wise Men parade, since they deliver the presents house by house accessing. Alcoy, Alicante (Spain)

Alcoy, Alicante (Spain), Alicante, Espagne - 05/01/2005

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Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0047259

Paloma looks at a darts game her brother Pablo has got from the Three Wise Men. Alcoy, Alicante (Spain)

Alcoy, Alicante (Spain), Alicante, Espagne - 05/01/2005

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Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0047258

After having got all the presents at auntie and uncle's home, it is time to go back home. Alcoy, Alicante (Spain)

Alcoy, Alicante (Spain), Alicante, Espagne - 05/01/2005

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Lourdes Segade / Picturetank SEL0047256

Right after the parade finishes, a girl who's got a remote-controlled car goes out to a square to play with it. Alcoy, Alicante (Spain)

Alcoy, Alicante (Spain), Alicante, Espagne - 05/01/2005

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