Royal blacking up continues

Many councils fail to honour black residents in their annual ‘Three Kings’ parade

Towns across the province allowed white men to play the part of the black King using face paint

By David Jackson

Immigrants have expressed their sadness over the “missed opportunity” for many councils to use black residents to fulfil the post of King Baltasar in annual Three Kings’ parades.

King Baltasar is portrayed as a black King, but the position is often played by a white man wearing black face paint and gloves. In recent years there have been campaigns across Spain to offer the position to black residents in an effort to help social integration of minority groups.

Almería city appeared to have taken a step backwards, as this year the role was again played by a white man ‘blacked up’, despite the King having black actors in the roles of pages.

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