Three Kings Day Starts Year Off on Celebratory Foot

Cicero families had one more chance to enjoy the Christmas season thanks to the annual Three Kings celebration held on Jan. 6 at Cicero Stadium. This event is the culmination of the Christmas season and kicks off Cicero’s 2020 programs. Every child who attended received a free toy from one of the kings.

“There isn’t a better way to end the holidays and start the new year than with our neighbors and friends,” said Town President Larry Dominick. “Celebrating Three Kings is the perfect way to do that. It’s our town’s good luck tradition.”

Three Kings Day coincides with the Christian festival of Epiphany, which commemorates the magi’s visit to the Christ child. For many Latin American communities, the magi, not Santa Claus, are the gift bearers. The tradition holds that the three kings – Caspar, Balthasar, and Melchior – visits the homes of children to deliver gifts in their shoes, similar to how some European customs celebrate St. Nicholas Day on December 6.

Joining Dominick in hosting the celebration was the Town Board, which includes Clerk Maria Punzo-Arias, Supervisor Joe Virruso, Assessor Emilio “Emo” Cundari, Collector Fran Reitz, and trustees Victor Garcia, Larry Banks, Bob Porod and John Cava.