NYC – Three Kings Parade – Celebration – 2021 (Virtual)

Updated from 2017

El Museo del Barrio is delighted to present the 44th Annual Three Kings Day (Virtual) Celebration on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, titled Fuerza Colectiva: Celebrating our Roots and Diversity. The upcoming celebration honors and embraces our community’s collective strength in response to the pandemic and injustice, and the cultural contributions of the African diaspora. The Museum’s first-ever virtual celebration, hosted and directed by TV personality and Producer, Rhina Valentin, will include musical performances, festive skits, cameos by our famous giant puppets, and saludos from this year’s honorees.

It is a small event as NYC events go. In the past it had  mostly parents  participating with three children. It is but one of many activities that make NYC neighborhoods great.

Photo are from past years.

and  the cleanup crew…


NYC – New York really is ‘the naked city’.

The First bodypainting Day in NYC

 (AP Photo/John Minchillo
(AP Photo/John Minchillo

This article has pictures of nudes. Hopefully, I have used good judgement in editing the photographs. 

The essay is simply to show you an event that took place only in New York City.  Public nudity is legal in the  city if it’s part of a performance, exhibition or show.

  Artists in Manhattan painted the bodies of 40 nude models on Saturday,IMG_5332_edited-1 turning the Columbus Circle entrance to Central Park into an outdoor celebration of the human form – first ever New York City body painting day and is the .only city in the country that would allow a  Bodypainting Day. Since 1988 this planet has been graced by an annual event that sits somewhere between beautiful and bizarre, it’s the World Bodypainting Festival. From 47 countries all over the world, people flock to the beautiful lakeside town of Pörtschach in Austria to compete, spectate and appreciate the kaleidoscopic array of incredibly intricate patterns and designs painted across hundreds of bodies.






(For Art buffs) – Body painting, or sometimes bodypainting, is a form of body art.  Unlike tattoo and other forms of body art, body painting is temporary, painted onto the human skin, and lasts for only several hours. (in the case of a “henna tattoo”) a couple of weeks. Body painting that is limited to the face is known as face painting.  Body painting is also referred to as (a form of) “temporary tattoo”; large-scale or full-body painting is more commonly referred to as body painting, while smaller or more detailed work is generally referred to as temporary tattoos.

(Except for lead photo, all other photos are mine)



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Remember that when you take a walk… something always catches your eye.