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Pink Point Chit Chat

by Richard Keldoulis in Events & Agenda , 25 oktober 2003


On their way to the seventh annual Hartjesdag on the Zeedijk, this group of drag queens - led by the fabulous Ms Jennifer Hopelezz - stopped by Pink Point and the Homomonument.

"Hartjesdag (Day of Hearts) is an Amsterdam festival which dates from medieval times. Although its origins are unclear, it was probably the day when locals were allowed the privilege to hunt deer (herten) in the forests around Haarlem and celebrate later with barbecuing their catch on spits in the streets of Amsterdam.

Beer drinking and crossdressing were the two other main ingredients of this wild and hilariously debauched festival, which was held throughout the city, in particular the Jordaan, Dapperbuurt and later around the Zeedijk.

In 1943 the occupying Nazi's put an end to the party. In 1997 the businesses around the Zeedijk, under the lead of Dusty from the Queen's Head, restarted the event - on the third weekend of August - which has since grown into the drag event of the year.





We popped by Pink Point to pick up some last minute accessories and couldn't resist a quick dance on the the Homomonument - yes, the new granite is a big improvement and is definitely stillettoheel-proof. This was going to be Dusty's last year at the Zeedijk, so we decided to frock up and really celebrate her farewell in style.








 
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