The Rhinebeck Rotary Club, as part of Rotary International’s “Light Up Rotary” program, is the major supporter of this year’s “Sinterklaas Starlight Parade” in Rhinebeck. The capstone of Rhinebeck’s daylong “Sinterklaas Festival,” an annual holiday attraction since 2008, the parade will take place on Saturday, December 6th, at sundown.


Rhinebeck Rotarians, alongside their high school affiliates from the Rhinebeck Interact Club, will fill a number of roles at this year’s parade, from parade marshals to puppet movers to parade cleanup crew. More than 30 Rotarians and Interact members will be instrumental in making this year’s parade a success.


Rotary International’s “Light Up Rotary” program is a worldwide initiative whereby local Rotary clubs adopt a specific community project and provide not only dollars but the labor necessary to make the project a success. The Rhinebeck Rotary Club chose the “Sinterklaas Starlight Parade” as its “Light Up Rotary” focus because of the longstanding relationship between the club and the parade. A dozen Rotarians volunteered as parade marshals at the very first parade in 2008 and, over the years, the club’s support has grown.


“The Rotary Club of Rhinebeck is thrilled to sponsor the Sinterklaas parade,” said Philip Meltzer, Rhinebeck Rotary president. “It provides an opportunity for all ages of the community to come together and participate in the holiday season.”


The creation of internationally-recognized community event artist and organizer, Jeanne Fleming, Rhinebeck’s “Sinterklaas Festival” is an especial treat for the young and young at heart. Beginning Saturday morning, December 6th, and featuring giant moving puppets, street performers, musicians, lantern bearers, holiday food and drink, and dazzling displays, the festival is the jewel in Rhinebeck’s crown of holiday celebrations and The Rhinebeck Rotary is proud to be an enthusiastic supporter.


The Rhinebeck Rotary Club meets each Monday at 12:15 pm throughout the year and is a humanitarian organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of others through projects locally, nationally, and internationally. The Sinterklaas parade is but one of many of the club’s charitable efforts.


For more information regarding The Rhinebeck Rotary Club, please call David Albahary at 914-244-0333.