Long Live King’s Day in Amsterdam

Today the denizens of Amsterdam will take to the streets and flood the canals to raise a toast to their powerless Dutch monarch by hosting the festival with the world’s easiest dress code: just wear something orange.
For the last thirty-three years, this festive national holiday has been commonly known as Queensday, in honor of the country’s female monarch, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. Last year, however, Queen B announced she would be abdicating the throne and passing on the crown to her oldest son, Willem-Alexander, the first King of the Netherlands since 1980. Thus making today the first official King’s Day of our generation.

Sure not to veer far from the Queensday traditions of yesteryear, the city of Amsterdam is expected to go bonkers for the King today. I’m talking drunken dads floating down the canals. Officials get carried away too, placing tiny orange crowns on top of all the government buildings and even painting the fountain water in the town square orange.

Think your 4/20 was a haze? Imagine late April in Amsterdam during this city-wide street bash, the one day of the year where you can sell anything in the cobblestone streets. It’s supply and demand in all its glory in the land of weed cafes and whore-front promenades.

Take a look at photos from recent King’s Day (formerly known as Queensday):

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