Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 16:15
"Black as soot" Zwarte Piet in Amsterdam parade
No rainbow Pieten will be running around during the arrival of Sinterklaas in Amsterdam on Sunday November 16th. "Most of the Pieten will be black as soot" The organization of the arrival is still considering the exact appearance of Sinterklaas and the Pieten, but there will definitely not be any colorful Pieten, AT5 reports. "Pieten come through the chimney, this does not make you blue." Mayor Eberhard van der Laan last week wrote to the City Council that a "substantial" part of the Pieten in the capital this year are expected to not take part in the event with their faces painted completely black, but with only soot smudges on their faces.