The 11th annual Three Kings Day parade will wind its way through downtown Cary on Saturday, Jan. 9.
When: 1 to 2 p.m.
Where: It starts at 316 N. Academy St., and goes around Ambassador Loop.
What: The parade caps off the Estrella de la Esperanza, or Star of Hope, campaign organized by Diamante Inc.. The organization is dedicated to preserving and promoting Latino and Hispanic culture.
The Cary event has grown to include 40 groups, musicians and businesses. This year, the event’s planners expect more than 1,500 spectators. The event has roots in the story of the procession of the Three Kings to Bethlehem, which inspired the Día de los Reyes Parade in some Spanish-speaking and European countries, as well as Christmas celebrations that traditionally include exchanging gifts on Jan. 6. The parade ends with the arrival of the Tres Reyes Magos (Three Kings).
Road closings: The Town of Cary will close North Academy Street from Ambassador Loop to Wilkinson Avenue from noon to 3 p.m. Drivers should use Harrison Avenue and Chatham Street to detour the closure; the Cary Train Depot and Adams Street will remain open.
Within Town Hall Campus, Ambassador Loop and Wilkinson Avenue near Herb Young Community Center will also be closed; drivers can access Town Hall Campus, including the parking deck and Police Department, via East Durham Street.