A Libyan refugee rescued from the Mediterranean Sea by the Spanish search and rescue NGO Proactiva Open Arms, played the role of King Balthazar in the traditional Three Kings parade in the north-eastern Spanish city of Reus on Saturday.
Local residents were positive about the decision by the local municipality to offer him the role.
«I think it is good to give them a chance and show them what... Еще our traditions are,» one local commented, adding that «a king that's black instead of bring painted [black] is really good.»
The refugee arrived in Barcelona in July, according to reports, and currently lives at a refugee centre in Reus. A further 25 people from their centre also took part in the parade, which in a break with past customs featured no people in blackface.
The Three King's day commemorates the visit and gifting of presents by the Magi to baby Jesus. The traditional parade is celebrated across the Spanish speaking world, with concurrent events running in other Spanish cities and in several Latin America countries.