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Amsterdam Parade

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Amsterdam Parade

We were in Amsterdam this weekend, had a great time! Just wondering if anyone knew what the parade through the city was on Sunday? There were some floats and lots of people dressed up - very curious to find out what it was in aid of!

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Sounds like it was the Santa Clause parade.Were there lots of little people dressed up with faces blackend. These would have been Black Peters, Santas helpers.

Normally there are Camels , and other animals as well as stilt walkers and variouse other novelties.

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Saint Nicolas. Bishop of Myra (Turkey) in the third century A.D. As a bishop he showed much concern about the fate of orphaned children, created many orphanages, and always gave with great generosity to poor children.

Hence after his death Nicholas became the patron saint of all children. And in the medieval tradition he is the one who brings the presents to the small children, on december 5th.

In ater latin, the name became Sancte Claes, or Claus, in Dutch Sinterklaas.

It probably came to America when New York was still a Dutch city. And newer generations of immigrants diluted the myth into their own traditions, mixing it with the catholic "child christ" Christmas celebrations, and the Nordic midwinter feast and the Russian tradition of Father Frost (where the reindeer part came in). "Sancte Claes", became "Santa Claus."

You have beheld the prehistoric Santa :-)

Ooops. Hope I didn't just destroy your belief in Santa now :-)

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Thanks for that!