Six-year-old boy killed at Spanish holiday parade

Ceri Roberts
Six-year-old boy killed at Spanish holiday parade
Six-year-old boy killed at Spanish holiday parade


A six-year-old boy was killed during Malaga's annual 'cabalgata' festive parade yesterday.

The traditional parade marks the arrival of the Three Kings said to have followed the Star of Bethlehem to visit the infant Christ.

The parades take place across Spain in early January, with the most spectacular taking place in Madrid.

The parades feature floats, music and even elephants - and sweets are thrown to watching children.

The Malaga parade featured 15 floats and 14,000 kilos of sweets. According to Reuters, the boy was run over by one of the floats as he picked up sweets.

The Olive Press reports that the boy's father, who is a doctor, tried to revive the boy as the parade was halted.

However the parade then continued at the request of the boy's family, minus the float that was involved in the accident.

Representatives of Malaga city council said the the float that struck the child had a safety team of 15 people accompanying it.

Malaga's town hall announced two days of mourning for the boy's death.

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