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Three kings for a day: W’burg Christians mark holiday, honor slain officer

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SOMBER HORNS: A police marching band pays tribute to murder Officer Rafael Ramos at the Jan. 11 procession.
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HUMP-DAY: A trio of camels gave the parade a touch of the biblical.
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A BREAK FROM THE NORM: Paraders march in traditional Mexican costumes.
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ON THE SIDELINES: The march drew a large crowd on Graham Avenue in Williamsburg.
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STANDING TOGETHER: Borough President Adams stands with the family of slain police officer Rafael Ramos.
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TOUCHING THE SKY: The crowd released blue balloons into the sky as a tribute to Officer Ramos.

Hundreds took to Graham Avenue in Williamsburg on Sunday afternoon to celebrate Three Kings Day.

A group of costume-clad marchers walked the route from Metropolitan Avenue down to Broadway in honor of the 12th day of Christmas, when Christians believe the three wise men, or three kings, arrived in Bethlehem to present the baby Jesus with gifts.

The annual parade also included a tribute to slain police officer Rafael Ramos. Borough President Adams gave a short speech and asked for a moment of silence, and the crowd released dozens of blue helium balloons into the sky to mark Ramos’s memory.

The parade was organized by evangelical Staten Island Rev. Erick Salgado.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at dfurfaro@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her at twitter.com/DanielleFurfaro.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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