This was our first "Sinterklaas" weekend since moving to Orange City, since we were out of town last year. Ryan and I headed downtown to the 3:00 "parade" on Saturday afternoon. (Adam spent the afternoon putting furniture together for the nursery.)
Basically, the parade is just the town crier heralding Sinterklaas' arrival on his white horse with his helper, Zwarte Piet.
The crowd then walks behind Sinterklaas a few blocks down to City Hall.
Once inside City Hall, the kids sat on the floor while a local Dutch-speaker teaches them how to say "Thank You" and "You're Welcome" in Dutch.
It's a fun little tradition and Ryan was pretty excited about seeing the horse and Sinterklaas. Since we aren't fully engrained into Orange City culture yet, we don't have wooden shoes to put hay and carrots in for Sinterklaas' horse on Dec. 5 and don't have presents planned for Dec. 6, but I'm sure Ryan will become more familiar with the traditions as he enters school. This year, I was just grateful that it was above-50 with no snow since last year was near-blizzard conditions.
Happy Sinterklaas Day on Dec. 6!