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Romy Fernandez
November 25th, Amsterdam. Patrick Mathurin arrived like each year dressed as "De Nieuwe Sint", described by Mathurin as a saint for everyone. Patrick Mathurin (1972), was born in Haiti, is an actor and boxing trainer. Sinterklaas, a character who shares his roots with Santa Claus, is the central figure of the Dutch winter celebrations. Most of the entertainment, however, is provided by Sinterklaas’s "helpers" called Black Petes, or Zwarte Pieten. However, the image of white people with blackened faces has sparked worldwide controversy. During the parade "De Nieuwe Sint." was offering flowers to the people in the streets as a symbol of peace and love.
People waiting for the arrival of De Nieuwe Sint to Amsterdam.
De Nieuwe Sint., arrival on his boat to Amsterdam.
The Parade took the streets around the Museumplein, in the center of Amsterdam.
De Nieuwe Sint not just took the streets by walking, but also on his Horse carriage.
De Nieuwe Sint with the President of the city department of Amsterdam - South, Eric Capel. at the end of the parade.
De Nieuwe Sint with the President of the city department of Amsterdam - South, Eric Capel.
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