Sinterklaas Rhinebeck New York 2017 Program  

WELCOME! This is the celebration where CHILDREN are transformed into KINGS and QUEENS and honored as the bringers of the light at the darkest time of year. The tradition of Sinterklaas comes all the way from the Netherlands, brought by Dutch settlers who arrived in Hudson Valley over 300 years ago. Sinterklaas, the patron of children and sailors, finds a welcoming community in the Mid-Hudson Valley as we re-create the story through the lens of modern-day America. Our revived tradition is non-denominational and all inclusive — everyone is invited to participate! The young, the old, the in-between — absolutely everyone and anyone who wants to be part of a community of hope for a joyous and peaceful world are all welcome. Join the Parade and our community CELEBRATION OF HOPE for a joyous and peaceful world. ALL WELCOME


  1. I’ve hesitated to write as we’re a small community and I really don’t like offending the people who work on this event and care so much about it. Nevertheless, I am frankly shocked by the inconvenience it causes. Parades can be great fun. The original Sinterklaas which began with a St. Nicholas-like character arriving at the Rhinecliff pier by boat and riding briefly through the streets of Rhinecliff on a horse was charming. Now, we are subjected to the entire village of Rhinebeck being essentially closed from early afternoon until 10 o’clock at night! Why is that necessary? Why couldn’t there be a parade, lasting if need be for an hour or two? Why does every activity of ordinary life have to be suspended or rearranged because a basically commercial enterprise has arrived to clog the streets?

    I would be interested to hear any response from the Village leaders as well as the event organizers.

    Thanks, Sybil Baldwin

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