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Everyone wears orange - the color of the royal house, and it is impossible to be in a bad mood dressed as a Satsuma. Trading laws are lifted for the day so anyone can sell whatever they want on the street, the whole place becomes the most outrageous flea-market. Music pumps out of sound systems and stages spring up through the city playing jazz, classical music and the latest dance tunes. The canals heave with party boats whizzing around with orange balloons blowing off them in the wind.
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This year (2008) Queens Day was on a Wednesday. We arrived on the Tuesday morning, meeting up with our DJ friend Doug Gray for lunch. Festivities began in evening with some Drag Queen Olympics at the Homomonument. Later in the evening we headed off to Orange Ball which was surprisingly quite. It seemed people where holding back for the big day tomorrow.
We woke to the loud sounds of music at about 10am, after breakfast we headed outside to find a whole new Amsterdam that we knew yesterday. The streets were packed with people wearing orange, they were literally crammed with crazy people drinking and dancing in the rays of the morning sunshine. It’s a day to let your hair down and dress up in your silliest outfit, the more orange the better. We spent all day wondering around all the different parts of the city people watching, bumping into friends and familiar faces. In the evening there were two major big parties to consider: Roxy Colosseum or a Rapido Party called Wearhouse, and had planned get some photos from both events. We started off in Roxy Colosseum and ended up staying all night. It was a very good party with DJ’s Gonzalo and Micky Friedmann; along with loads of sexy boys in little orange speedos.
We stayed at the Jolly Carlton Hotel (Vijzelstraat 4 – 1017 HK Amsterdam) next to the flower market, which is right by the gay Reguliersdwaarstraat area of the city. Or you could try booking via www.hotels.nl
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