When you think of a parade you probably think of marching people. In this day and age, especially in Europe, many people might think of a dance parade or a gay pride parade. The only people marching here were a bunch of children pretending to be in an airplane. This parade is a theatre festival, and I have no idea why its called De Parade. The event is an urban hipsters magnet, and is probably the place to be if you are looking to score with single moms and other kinds of cougars. The reason for this bias is simple – its an enclosed patch in the city centre, and the kids are being entertained while you can sip on your chardonnay.
- De Parade – hipsters paradise
As usual with these types of festivals, there are the better shows and the ones that are.. less better. The Vaak-Hier (pronounced just as “fakir” – its a sort of a joke, you see) was the less better kind. Actually, the announcement of the show was the best part, with a procession all over the festival and the fakir making a little stand-up sitting on a pole in front of his tent. After that effort the only way to go was down, and down the show went. I’ll spare you the gory details.
- The vaak-hier fakir announces his show
The real highlight of De Parade are the poffertjes, tiny pancakes, hugely popular in Holland (anything tiny is popular in Holland, like the Mini or garden gnomes). What makes the poffertjes at De Parade special is that you can bake them yourself, which of course means that on a Saturday afternoon the stand is swarmed with children. So if you want to bake your own poffertjes or go for a ride on the carousel adult style (nothing sleazy, its just much more scary) – do come after 7!
De Parade in Rotterdam is already over. Should you want to experience this different kind of parade you’ll have to be in The Hague before July 15th, in Utrecht between 20th of July and 5th of August or in Amsterdam between the 10th and 26th of August. Don’t forget to enjoy the poffertjes!