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Families pack Madrid streets for Three Kings parade

The Feast of the Epiphany, a Christian holiday, celebrates the Three Kings who followed a bright star to offer gifts of gold, frankincense (resin used in perfumes) and myrrh (tree gum) to the newborn Christ child in Bethlehem.

Families gathered on 6 January to celebrate in Madrid, where heavy vehicles had been banned from entering the city centre. Police were on heightened alert for the parades.

The procession featured decorative floats and people dressed as the kings bearing gifts for the baby Jesus.

Christmas gifts are traditionally given on the day of the Feast of the Epiphany in Spain and in many Latin American countries.

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