dinsdag 17 november 2015


Had to do some shopping in Almere City last saturday but got stuck in the middle of a crowd of people with children wating for the arrival of Sinterklaas our equivalent for Santa Claus.

Luckily I had my camera with me and could make some photos of the cute little ones sitting on the necks of their fathers.

All wearing a Pete hat.

There was a musicband in front of the parade.

Sinterklaas was not riding a white horse this time but was pulled by a touristic train packed with enthousiastic black Pete's.

And there he was, Saint Nicholas the Bishop from Mira in Spain, or Sinterklaas,  as we call him,  sitting in a comfortable chair.
You can read more about our Sinterklaas history and celebrations "here".
Linking to "Our World Tuesday"

17 opmerkingen:

  1. Wonderful photos. Never heard of him called Sinterklaas before. Personally I prefer it over Santa Clause.

  2. Belas fotografias.
    Gostei de ver.
    Um abraço e continuação de uma boa semana.

  3. The children are so cute in their anticipation. Great hats!

  4. A Sinterklaas parade in November? So early?
    We celebrate Sinterklaas (Sankt Nikolaus) on 5 December of every year.
    Beautiful photos of this event !

  5. Nice happening.
    You were fortunate enough to get stuck in a traffic jam and to see this procession.
    I love these lovely photos.

  6. Very cute. In Perth the Christmas season in the city centre was officially opened last Friday with Santa Claus arriving in a sled. Sadly I didn't go and watch it...

  7. Wonderful celebration and love the little girl's hat!

  8. really nice

    have a good Tuesday

    much love...

  9. I always enjoy your posts on Sinterklaas as it's so different from what we have. This is very colorful.

  10. Christmas is definitely children's time, and the ones you have shown are adoreable

  11. Wonderfull fotos van Sinterklaas St Nicolas and en zwaarte Piet; greeting from Belgium In Mons .
    Blog Mons city: http://louisette.eklablog.com

  12. Europeans sure know how to put on a parade, This must be so exciting for children.

  13. Dearest Marianne,
    So glad it was a day without rain for this very special Sinterklaas welcome. For children it is such a great excitement and I still can remember from my kindergarden years; when we really believed!
    It is a very colorful and fun festivity and it belongs to the Dutch culture as such, including Black Pete! Yes, the Dutch did bring us Santa, Presents and Treats and as I wrote about it last year you can see here: {How the Dutch Brought Us Santa, Presents, and Treats}
    Sending you hugs,

  14. Beautiful children. I remember your customs at Christmas. So interesting.

  15. Most beautiful photos and so much vivid colour - lovely.
    We have our Santa Claus Parade this coming weekend.
    Have a wonderful day.