This year I had an opportunity to participate in Little Havana’s Parada de Los Reyes Magos, otherwise known as the Three Kings Parade. The parade takes place along Calle Ocho in Little Havana. I was there to represent Live Healthy Little Havana, an initiative coordinated by the City of Miami and supported by the Health Foundation of South Florida. This initiative is aimed at improving health access for Little Havana residents through strategies that will foster changes in policy, systems, or the environment: the emphasis is on sustainability.
In 2017, I was an active member of the board, also sitting on the Physical Activity Health Impact Team. The board has been kind enough to let me take a “leave of absence” in 2018 to finish my dissertation. I look forward to returning to work with the great group of folks who are involved.
Today, walking with kids from the neighborhood, we passed out information about LHLH (and lots of frisbees) to the hundreds of people on the sidelines). The rest of the parade consists of lots of marching bands, floats advertising various products and services, fire trucks and police vehicles, beauty queens, camels (yes), and car after car of elected officials. And yeah, three guys dressed as the three kings! So I think the people in the crowd were happy to see perhaps the only group in the parade actually FROM the neighborhood besides the Miami Senior High marching band.