The City of Pella welcomed Sinterklaas, the Dutch Santa, on a mild Saturday morning, November 24.
The 10 a.m. parade was organized by Merlyn Vander Leest who has been parade master for all 36 Sinterklaas parades.
Appearing in the parade were costumed children, the Pella Dutchesses pushing the decorated Dutch carts, the 2013 Tulip Queen & Court, Dick Redman and the Sinterklaas band, Boy Scout flag bearers, Sinterklaas and his Piets on the Kiwanis Sinterklaas boat, Town Crier Kelvin Bokhoven, Burgemeester Randy Sikkema and the Pella Police who led the parade.
The official proclamation was read by Town Crier Bokhoven, the Sinterklaas history was told by Burgemeester Randy Sikkema with Mayor Jim Mueller welcoming Sinterklaas to Pella. During Sinterklaas’ response he asked his Piets to search the crowd for naughty children. Finding none they put the Sinterklaas sack away.
2013 Tulip Queen Marlee Bokhoven announced the names of the children in the parade. The Sinterklaas band entertained with holiday Sinterklaas music.
The Sinterklaas Breakfast was held at Monarch’s in the Royal Amsterdam Hotel. Beverly Graves served as Mistress of Ceremonies at the Opera House Theater Party. Davis Folkerts played Sinterklaas songs on the Barton theater organ before the party began.
Sinterklaas read aloud each child’s name and good deeds from his big Sinterklaas book. Each child received a chocolate letter in the shape of an S for Sinterklaas while they were on stage. Large Sinterklaas cookies were given to each child by the Piets as they left the theater. The morning festivities ended with a time for photos with Sinterklaas.
Serving on the Sinterklaas Committee which is sponsored by the Pella Historical Society were Kay De Cook, Karen De Haan, Randy Sikkema and Merlyn Vander Leest with Patsy Sadler as coordinator.