Yippie! Today, Sinterklaas and all his Zwarte Piet friends arrived in Amsterdam! I rushed back from Leiden this morning and made it literally just as the boat was going down the Amstel river. Zwarte Piet controversy aside, this parade was pretty cool. Yup, I understand that I'm over the age of seven but who cares, Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet are fun. It's such a uniquely Dutch thing that I couldn't miss this! For those of you wondering, the answer is Yes...those are definitely people in black face and no its not ment to be racist... but c'mon people it is. This fun parade kinda took the sting out of the first time I met Zwarte Piet. It's just weird that adults insist on wearing blackface even when so many people compain each year... Anyway, here are some snaps from the parade, it's a pretty big deal here in Amsterdam.
Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet arrive from Spain... by steamship
Despite the rain, all the Zwarte Piet enjoyed a dance party
Sinterklaas' boat parade quickly became boat chaos! Later he they dock the boat, hops on his horse Amerigo and heads through the city for a parade. The boat parade was enough Sinterklass for me.
Mini Zwarte Piet passing out peppernoten cookies to the kids. Yup, there are kids in blackface over here, I can't stress how weird that is to see.
Heres a little video I snapped of the Zwarte Piet dance party. My camera died almost immediately after so I got lucky with these shots. All in all a fun event.