Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Performers bring Three Kings Day Parade to life in East Harlem

Everything is set to begin in Harlem for the great celebration of Three Kings Day and Parade No. 46, which had to pause due to the pandemic.

As always, the Museo del Barrio organizes and launches the festival, taking care of every detail, but something that stands out and that we usually do not pay much attention to is the creation of the costumes, which since 2008 have been a part of the Colombian The cast is part of Michelle Mello. Unleash the team’s and your own creativity.

“I’m not a tailor or anything like that, I’m a visual artist and I work with clothes and textiles, but I take care of all that because it’s so detailed, they’re things that are done by hand, They are very delicate arrangements that cannot be mechanized. Sewing”, says Mello.

Each year, three outstanding people from the community are chosen as the kings of honor and are dressed in these costumes by designer Emilio Sosa, which require alterations to measure.

Michelle Mello, visual artist explains why: “Top most Dress Those who are among the kings of haute couture, then they are almost sewing in the air.

“The top hat In general, we do not all have the same head size, so we add this piece of fabric to be able to insert it inside the foam if the head is small and it fits at the nape of the neck.

Mello is also part of the creation of giant 12-foot-tall puppets of Melkor, Gaspar, and Baltasar, who, according to tradition, brought gold, frankincense, and myrrh as gifts to the baby Jesus.

“Then the gifts these kings bring are different from the traditional gifts. The one that represents the sky is Baltasar, it is Gaspar that represents the tree and the last one, that is Melkor, represents the sea. We spent months making them.”

And of course, the giant cloakrooms carrying yards of cloth and fabric from giant puppets that parade along 106th Street and Lexington Avenue, ending at 115th and Park Avenue every January 6th.

“The way is very beautiful… very dramatic, isn’t it? Yes. So, fast seams, and there are parts of them, for example, part of their abdomen, there’s a place that’s veiled because puppetThe puppet has to watch where it moves”, says Michele Mello.

Returning to face-to-face celebrations this year, the parade’s theme focuses on the importance of mental health and wellness in our communities.

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