BY THE VILLAGE SUN | There were not one but two Three Kings Day performances in the East Village this year. This one occurred at St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery, plus had a few differences from the other event, which was put on at the Loisaida Center.
“We had a multicultural parade around the entire block of St. Mark’s Church,” said Frank Gonzalez, one of the event’s organizers, “then a youth performance and free toys for all the kids.”
This event was dubbed the Epiphany Three Kings Parade at St. Mark’s Church.
A number of local politicos also showed up, including Assemblymember Harvey Epstein, Councilmember Christopher Marte and Council candidate Allie Ryan.
Gina Fuego co-produced the event with Gonzalez and did the wardrobe. Three Kings Day at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery was produced by Jeannine Otis, St. Mark’s Church’s director of music, and Reverend Anne Marie Witchger.
“This one is the original one,” Gonzalez claimed in a text message. “But the other group decided to do their own thing at the Loisaida Center. Long story, but I support both. And ours is about youth and the commUnity,” he said, writing “community” in his own distinctive style.