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Out & About: Long Live The King! Hooray

by Jurandy Lucas in Nightlife & Reports , 01 June 2018

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Each month, Jurandy Lucas (creative producer of Backdoor Amsterdam) and Dave Koster (photographer) report on GLBTQIA+ events in Amsterdam and elsewhere in the country. This month, we visited various street parties in Amsterdam for King’s Day.

Friday, April 27. The Netherlands celebrated the birthday of our King Willem-Alexander. To get into the party mood, we watched some TV with live coverage to get inspired and see how the royal family explored the city of Groningen. Elite TV, no? Máxima’s coat certainly was red! We felt the need to shop immediately!

But first we had a date on the Marie Heinekenplein with our very dear friend and toilet diva Snorella WC. Snorella was hired to keep the toilets clean in a festive way. She’s an expert in that, but not so much in the cleaning itself - for that “business,” drag friend Secret was dragged along - but more in entertaining those who are queueing for the facilities.

While enjoying a few shots of gin Snorella made us laugh, while behind us a jazz band provided the necessary entertainment for the festive straight audience. Jazz is not really our thing. We do prefer the circuit / house music of our own Backdoor party. So, waving our Toilet Queens goodbye we jumped our bikes towards the Homomonument!

The party there, organized by Club Church, was in full swing. Many were festively dressed in the national color orange: with disposable caps, scarves, and cardigans. Millions of euros were probably spent at Zeeman and Action. At the Homomonument, they know how to organize a party.

And precisely at the location where people stand still for a minute to remember all the homosexuals who fell victim to violence during and since the Second World War. Clearly, life should be cherished and celebrated!

Back to the present. Our next stop on our pink-orange tour was the Reguliersdwarsstraat, the former “gay street” of Amsterdam. No “official” street party was organized there, and that was certainly noticeable. It was hardly as busy as it had been in previous years.

We were a little nostalgic and longing for the glory days of the Queen’s Days in the 1990s and about the thousands of gays partying in front of the bars, from Havana to the April.

Willem-Alexander has a big challenge ahead to match the atmosphere of that time. Moving on... there was a nice crowd there with dance music coming from somewhere... We enjoyed ourselves and partied and toasted with good friends, vague acquaintances and lost tourists. When a few drunken girls started dancing on the tables, we had enough. It was time for the “pièce de résistance” of King’s Day - the Amstel Street party. Yayyy!!

But we were too late! Oops! They were already busy taking down the party tents in front of Club YOLO. Clearly, the outdoor event had ended, and the party-goers had left. We were staring at some empty plastic cups on the street, but - we did hear music... from somewhere!? At YOLO’s door we even heard people.

Without waiting for an invitation, we immediately entered the club where the Orange Festival was in full swing. The dance floor was full of party people in all shapes and sizes: from club kids to drag queens, from sexy and tough to university students.

Great! After slipping a few times on the wet dance floor, we sort of knew we had to end our own Orange Party and better take a taxi home. Tired, but satisfied, we thought it was a very successful King’s Day 2018 indeed. We are already looking forward to doing it all over again next year.

But first we will hang up our very own decorations on Saturday, June 9, for yet another Backdoor party. This time we organize “Angels in Paradise” in pop temple the Melkweg. You can find more information on this special edition on and elsewhere on these sites. See you on the dance floor!

Photography: Dave Koster





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