There were many people dressed as Zwarte Piet all around the Centrum, including children, adults, or store clerks, like this one:
|Yes, her face is painted completely black|
If you want to know more about how the Dutch celebrate this long-standing tradition, I highly recommend this reading of Six to Eight Black Men by David Sedaris -- well worth the time if you want to view the story of St. Nicholas from a different lens. ;)
I can't wait for Liam to get his picture made with the former Bishop of Turkey! No, seriously, he is -- but he's been good this year so I don't think Sinterklaas or any Zwarte Piet will kick him or stuff him in a sack to take back to Spain. I'm not kidding. Listen to the story above if you don't believe me. All I'm gonna say is it's much worse than coal . . .
Happy Sinterklaas to everyone!