Press Photos by Tim GilmanIris Cintron of Bethlehem adjusts her grandson Ryken’s crown which was part of his wise man costume during the Three Kings Day celebration in the Musikfest Cafe. Ryken, son of William Cintron of Bethlehem, wore the homemade regal outfit for part of the three-hour event. More photos on page A2.
The Bethlehem-area band Herencia Jibara performs during the celebration.
Miss Lehigh Valley Puerto Rico Queen Yanalit Maldonado visits the Three Kings celebration. The first-time visitor smiles as she holds a plate of Hispanic food from the Holy Infancy Catholic Church concession in South Bethlehem.
Carla Zanate dances with her grandmother Cony Rivera of Bethlehem.
Jailani Lopez watches her older sister Julia cut out a hand-colored paper crown. The arts and crafts session was held at the start of the three-hour program. Their mother, Aracelys Lopez of Bethlehem, said, “We try to come every year.”
Izabella Heras plays with her doll after the Kings Day gift-giving session. Her mother, Janet Heras of Allentown, said it was their second year at the Three Kings celebration.
Sisters Amanda and Angelique Roque wear paper crowns they made for the Three Kings celebration as they pose with Gaspar (Ramon Rodriguez), Melchior (Nelson Matos) and Balthazar (William Cintron). Mother Michelle Roque of Bethlehem Township said it was the family’s third time attending the Christmas season’s final event.
King Melchior, played by Nelson Matos of Bethlehem, holds brothers Jacob and Jeremiah Martez, who open their gifts during the Kings Day celebration. The boys were with their mother, Lydia Martez of South Bethlehem.
King Gaspar, portrayed by Ramon Rodriguez of Bethlehem, holds a bundled up Xaivelys Segarra, who was with his mother, Yajaire Rivera.