Saturday, January 3, 2009

Latino parade planned for NYC

Too pricey: 3 kings, 0 camels at NY holiday parade
NEWS DAY January 2, 2009

NEW YORK - It looks as if the three wise men are walking this year.

A New York City parade put on by the Latino cultural institution Museo del Barrio celebrates the biblical journey of the three kings to Bethlehem after Christmas.

Parade organizer Gonzalo Casals says the museum is doing without the three camels traditionally ridden by the royalty and the sheep usually in the parade because they're too expensive to rent this year. That means the men who depict the kings who took the infant Jesus gold, frankincense and myrrh must walk the route through upper Manhattan.

It would cost $3,500 for the camels and five sheep. The museum would rather use the money for other programs and staffing after city budget cuts.

There still will be plenty of fun, music and giant puppets at the Tuesday parade. And an artist has been hired to create camel costumes.

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