So yesterday, Elisa and I went out to welcome Sinterklaas as he arrived and paraded around Hilversum. It’s hard to describe the event adequately. Imagine if your mall Santa had a line of kids a few THOUSAND long, and then there was a parade with people in black face*, animal suits, and random other costumes. Now also add in a big party in the center of town with a DJ and a guy in a really bad Batman costume… and you have Sinterklaas’ arrival in Hilversum. It was a pretty surreal but fun experience.
Here are a handful of the photos I took. The full set can be found on the Facebook page.
All photos taken up until Batman in town center were taken with my Nikon 1 V1 with the default 10-30mm lens. Then my battery died and I had to rely on the camera on my Nokia Lumia 720… which is not as nice of a camera.
* The people in black face are Zwarte Piet, Sinterklass’ “helpers”. There’s a ton of controversy right now over them portraying a racist stereotype (servants) and everyone here’s pretty sensitive about the whole thing.