We knew there was something afoot when a brass band in a wagon rode past our house during lunch. Afterward, when we left to run errands in the village, I noticed a handful of little kids near the grocery store dressed in Zwarte Piet costumes (minus the blackface) and a troupe of girls in dance uniforms running around outside the church.
I did my grocery shopping and stepped outside to see Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet being pulled down the street by horses! Another Zwarte Piet rode in an open car behind, followed by the aforementioned brass band and a couple more Zwarte Piets on rollerblades(!). A handful of mothers and little kids on bicycles brought up the rear. I wish I'd had my camera!
It's a big day in Ann Arbor, too, as everyone gears up for the Michigan-Ohio State game. Man, I wish I could be in town. Actually, I wish I could be anywhere we could watch the game on TV. It'll be 9:30pm here, but we'll do the best we can with audio streaming on the Web. GO BLUE!