On the right, folks checking out the street sales and Dutch flags flying. Yard sales are unheard of in the Netherlands, but on Queen's Day everybody is permitted to sell things.
I barely caught these orange hot tub guys before they disappeared under a bridge. Then, my camera battery died. The guy below found an innovative way to carry his QD street purchase home....Um...not sure why this text is all underlined. Also peeved that I am unable to arrange these photos to my liking, but I guess I get what I pay for. I'll deal.
The weather cooperated for this Queen's day and a lovely time was had by all. Only 20 police arrests, same as a normal weekend. Pretty amazing considerng 500,000 people were added to this city of 700,000 for one celebration. Reports say we're 100,000 less than last year, probably because of cloudy skies. I spent this QD in Jordaan, and if you want the real Dutch experience, I suggest you go there instead of any of the big pleins. Lively and crowded, but with a gentle smiling atmosphere. I saw a female drum corp, several impromptu small singing groups, barbecued sausages, raw food muffins, caphirinas (oh yeah, had a few of those), japanese pancakes, exotic teas, a great stage band playing 80s favorites, drag queens, lots of orange cowboy hats and smiles smiles smiles. I bought a CD from an older sing-along Dutch group, "Het Zwanenkoor" that was performing in the street, then I bought a cloth bag from India for ten euros to carry it home in. Hoera voor Nederland! Hoera Oranje!!! (shot of me by Brett Laumeister)