St. Nicholas

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Photo: © Susan M. Davis
The Bonaire Insider, all rights reserved.
Used by permission.

People line the Chicu Mercelina quay, waiting for Sinterklaas to arrive in Kralendijk. The boat, a water taxi, comes into sight, followed by more boats bearing more than thirty Piets, and a whole flotilla of private boats. Drummers and other musicians are on the quay to herald Sinterklaas.

Accompanied by singing, dancing, trumpets and drums, Sinterklaas makes his way through the crowds to his vehicle. Piets give sweets and tangerines to all the children. Then the Piets fill a whole bus, following Sinterklaas and forming a procession into the city.

Sinterklaas activities for children take place in Wilhelmina Square from 3 to 6 pm. A coloring contest is sponsored by the Centrum voor Jeugd en Gezin (Center for Youth and Family).

Sinterklaas himself makes many visits to schools, businesses and homes—as many as 200 in the two weeks.

Controversy about Zwarte Piet has not come to Bonaire.

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