Sosa has designed costumes for tomorrow’s 34th Annual Three Kings Day Parade, a popular Latin celebration which aligns with the Feast of the Epiphany.
Sosa took an introspective approach to his three-kings costumes, which take in influences from the Taíno Indians and the Spanish and African aspects of his Dominican roots.
“One costume is inspired by Anacaona, a Taíno queen, from Santo Doming; another was based on Miguel Cervantes, who wrote “Don Quixote.” The third is inspired by Arturo Schomburg, the Harlem Renaissance intellectual.
“Each represents a facet of my culture,” he told the News.
El Museo del Barrio’s parade starts at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at 106th Street and Park.
Here’s a sneak preview of museum staff modeling the costumes: