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Amsterdam’s orange pride

Amsterdam - Everyone knows the Dutch love to party but many still don't realise to what extent the city of Amsterdam comes alive with the celebration of King's Day.

Formerly known as Queen's Day until her resignation last year, up to one million people will flock to the city to party with the locals for what is fast becoming the world's largest street party! Orange is a must.

Amsterdam will celebrate King's Day (Koningsdag) for the first time in 2014, after the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander. Credit: AP

King's Day festivities invite locals and visitors alike to soak up Amsterdam's open-air fun. In the streets, canals, parks and everywhere in between, the city is bursting with orange as Amsterdammers enjoy the celebrations.

Amidst orange-pride, live music, DJs, parties and a citywide street market, you'll find an electric atmosphere not to be missed.

Amsterdam will celebrate King's Day (Koningsdag) for the first time in 2014, after the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander April 30, 2013 (what was then still Queen's Day).

The royal celebrations were first held on 31 August 1885 in honour of the birth of Queen Wilhelmina, and the Queen's Day (Koninginnedag) tradition was born. After Wilhelmina's daughter (Juliana) succeeded to the throne in 1949, the day was changed to 30 April in accordance with the new Queen's birthday.

Join the celebrations and take 25 percent off if you book with Busabout and pay immediately for the special departure on 24 April. Priced from R5390 per person sharing you'll enjoy a welcome night out, partying on the streets with the Dutch in a sea of orange, an orientation walk of the infamous Red Light District, countryside bike tour, three nights' accommodation in central Amsterdam with breakfast daily, one dinner and an awesome Busabout party pack (T-shirt, face paint and all the necessary to get you in the spirit of things). And you get to taste Heineken right from the tap!

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