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Saint Nicholas (L) is followed by his two assistants called "Zwarte Piet" (Black Pete) during a traditional parade in central Brussels December 1, 2012. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Saint Nicholas (L) is followed by his two assistants called "Zwarte Piet" (Black Pete) during a traditional parade in central Brussels December 1, 2012. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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Saint Nicholas (2nd L) is escorted by his three assistants called "Zwarte Piet" (Black Pete) during a traditional parade in central Brussels December 1, 2012. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Saint Nicholas (2nd L) is escorted by his three assistants called "Zwarte Piet" (Black Pete) during a traditional parade in central Brussels December 1, 2012. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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A woman dressed as "Zwarte Piet" (Black Pete), the helper of Saint Nicholas, throws candy from the balcony of the City Hall at Brussels' Grand Place December 1, 2012. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

A woman dressed as "Zwarte Piet" (Black Pete), the helper of Saint Nicholas, throws candy from the balcony of the City Hall at Brussels' Grand Place December 1, 2012. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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A woman dressed as "Zwarte Piet" (Black Pete), the helper of Saint Nicholas, is seen during a traditional parade in central Brussels December 1, 2012. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

A woman dressed as "Zwarte Piet" (Black Pete), the helper of Saint Nicholas, is seen during a traditional parade in central Brussels December 1, 2012. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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Saint Nicholas (L) waves next to one of his assistants called "Zwarte Piet" (Black Pete) during a traditional parade in central Brussels December 1, 2012. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Saint Nicholas (L) waves next to one of his assistants called "Zwarte Piet" (Black Pete) during a traditional parade in central Brussels December 1, 2012. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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Saint Nicholas (C) poses with his two assistants called "Zwarte Piet" (Black Pete) during a traditional parade in central Brussels December 1, 2012. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Saint Nicholas (C) poses with his two assistants called "Zwarte Piet" (Black Pete) during a traditional parade in central Brussels December 1, 2012. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
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