Watch: Dutch volunteers portray 'Black Pete' character using blackface

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A Dutch Christmas float arrives in the city of The Hague, as part of pre-Christmas festivities. Sinterklaas, based on saint Nicholas, is controversially accompanied by the character Black Pete, who is played by volunteers in blackface.

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A Dutch Christmas float arrives in the city of The Hague, as part of pre-Christmas festivities. Sinterklaas, based on Saint Nicholas, is accompanied by the character Black Pete, who is controversially played by volunteers in blackface.

In 2020 after anti-racist protests in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd in the US, the local municipality distanced itself from the practice of wearing blackface for the festival.

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