Photos: courtesy of Eric Becaert

Les Amis de Saint-Nicolas

Merville, Nord, France

Parade de St Nicolas

The parade is on the first Sunday in November. Saint-Nicolas comes with Père Fouettard and four St. Nicolas Mothers, dressed in dark green hooded cloaks, who carry baskets filled with chocolate. Large crowds fill the streets and Saint-Nicolas distributes candy. The event began in 1850.