Sinterklaas Procession 2023

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Estimated attendance: 400k visitors annually.
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Sinterklaas Procession
Sinterklaas
is a beloved holiday figure in the Netherlands, like Santa Claus in other parts of the world. Each year, the city of Amsterdam plays host to the Sinterklaas Procession, a grand event that attracts visitors from all over the country.

When it's Sinterklaas Procession 2023?

Starts
12 Nov 2023
Ends
05 Dec 2023
Length
23 Days
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The Sinterklaas Procession takes place on the evening of November 17th, the night before Sinterklaas' official arrival in the Netherlands. This year, the procession will begin at the Royal Palace on the Dam Square and will wind its way through the streets of Amsterdam, passing by many of the city's famous landmarks and attractions.
The procession is led by Sinterklaas himself, who is accompanied by his helpers, known as "Zwarte Pieten" or Black Peters. These helpers are traditionally portrayed by people dressed in blackface, wearing colorful Renaissance-era costumes, and carrying bags of candy and gifts for children.
As the procession makes its way through the city, crowds of excited children and adults line the streets, singing traditional Sinterklaas songs and cheering on the parade. Along the route, Sinterklaas and his helpers will stop at various points to hand out candy and small gifts to the children, adding to the excitement and joy of the occasion.
In recent years, the Sinterklaas Procession has come under scrutiny due to the controversial nature of the Black Peter characters and their depiction in blackface. Many people argue that the tradition is offensive and perpetuates harmful stereotypes, while others argue that it is a cherished part of Dutch culture and tradition.
Despite the controversy, the Sinterklaas Procession remains a beloved and highly anticipated event in Amsterdam. It is a chance for the city to come together and celebrate the holiday season, and for families and children to experience the magic and wonder of Sinterklaas.
If you happen to be in Amsterdam during the event, be sure to check out the
Sinterklaas Procession
. It is a truly unforgettable experience that is sure to bring a smile to your face and fill you with the holiday spirit. Just be sure to come prepared with warm clothing and a bag to carry all the candy and gifts you are sure to collect along the way!