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Finally having a weekend off together since a long time with my man. What could we do besides F*cking our brains out? ;-)
Being on Facebook friday night I saw an flyer from cafe Keerweer in Rotterdam/HOLLAND. It is a small cafe, but every year they held a parade for three days from friday evening till sunday night. It is held around the cafe with a stage, a catwalk and a terrace. Normally we don’t drive from Antwerp/Belgium to Holland for an unknown small event like this, but we saw on the flyer that our friend ALISON JIEAR from the UK was going to perform saturday night. So KEERWEER PARADE here we come!!!
We have met Alison in July in Sitges on the beach and by chatting a few days to her, we realized she was the singer of the great song “I just wanna Fucking dance”. Every gay person knows this song and here she was the amazing performer sitting next to us on the beach laughing and joking. Off course we saw her perform in the El Piano bar in Sitges and we fell in love with her voice, but most of all with her personality.
So last saturday we hopped in our car to drive to Rotterdam for some shopping (you can never have too much of anything), getting a bite to eat at Betty Bear restaurant and off to the Parade. It was for “Keerweer” their second day of the parade already and it promised to be a packed street full of gays and lesbians again. Young and old gathered up to watch artists, dancers and dragqueens perform on stage.
At 4pm they started with a drag contest from look-a-likes like Christina Aquilera to drags singing live an opera song!!! The host of the evening was very witty and performed also a song and the judges were hilarious with their comments too. In the evening the Parade held on stage a variety of performers like the famous Dutch singer Anita Meijer, several drag queens, the dancers of cafe Keerweer famous Dutch singer Ruth Jacott and even the waiters performed a parody song on Euphoria of Loreen. But last and definitely not least our friend singer and musical artist Alison performed.
We had texted with Alison in the afternoon before, so that maybe we could have dinner before, but she missed her flight from Heathrow. SLIGHT PANIC ATTACK!!! It wasn’t called for to be fashionably late this time. Arriving at 9pm at the hotel, she had to freshen up and get dressed, because she was supposed to be on stage at ten. And she came and conquered the stage as joyful and beautiful like always.
She sang several well-known songs like “raining men” and “enough is enough” and of course her song ” I just wanna Fucking dance”. The crowd got crazy and we as fabulous gays too off course. ;-) When she came on stage she rocked it and when she saw us standing next to catwalk she came to give us a kiss and telling everybody that she knows us from Sitges. Eat your heart out B*tches!!! LMFAO
She gave on stage us a sign and a wink to come see her after the performance and it was nice seeing her again and giving her a big hug. Lots of people wanted to take a picture with her or a talk with her, so Edgar showed us how to get backstage (upstairs above cafe Keerweer) to sit more quietly. We talked further only for a few minutes, because Alison had to take the next morning at seven a flight to Sitges again to perform there the 3 last shows from the season. Next time she and girlfriend Debs have to visit us in Antwerp and we will show our hometown to them.
For a small cafe like Keerweer Rotterdam they made this a real event with lots of stuff to enjoy for the audience and I have to say if the Sunday will be as entertaining as the rest, then I am very proud to have witnessed it. They went all out to keep the crowd entertained with nice music, their own annual song of that year and all with smile. You could tell they enjoyed themselves as well for entertaining the demanding gays and lesbians. Keep up the good work and be proud of what you all accomplish. It is a good iniative for the LGBT community here in Rotterdam. Till next year boys and girls!!!
Have a “I just wanna be PINK” day!!!
P.S.: We want to give a special mention and thanks to Ilona Beerman, a female photographer. She gave us permission to use two of her photo’s in this blog and she is going to be one of our photographers, who will send us some Pink-related pictures in the future too!!! Please visit her wonderful website for more information: http:// www.geelmedia.com