Three Kings look a little different at the 2016 Gibraltar Cavalcade

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Which one is Balthazar?

ALTHOUGH the weather didn’t help and the rain delayed play for a while, the Cavalcade started at 7.30pm on January 5, with a total of nine floats, but it is now some time since the traditional three Kings have appeared and older readers will perhaps remember the arrival of camels from Morocco many years ago.

Nowadays, the floats and characters are much more modern and secular with both Disney and Star Wars making a strong showing, but the adult winners were the Budokai Martial Arts Centre in the senior competition for their float, Attack of the Dragons and the junior competition was won by the Dolphins Youth Club who had entered with a Peter Pan float.

Everybody seems to have great fun at the Cavalcade which will be 60 in 2017 but there is a lot of work involved in preparing the floats following Christmas and the New Year and with little availability of covered space in which to work and store the floats, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to attract participants, although this problem has been around for many years.

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At the end of the night, those who had taken part were to be congratulated by all of those who had been happy to attend.

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