Every summer the mobile theatre festival De Parade visits Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Amsterdam, transforming parks and squares into temporary cultural streets lined with dozens of colourful theatre tents. I had the opportunity to tour around with De Parade in the summer of 2009 in three different city locations.
With its theatre and dance performances, films, music, catering establishments and attractions such as an antique whirligig and a miniature wheel, it has something to please everyone's tastes. There is also a special Children's Parade every day of the festival.
The performances are staged several times each evening. Walking throughout the site, performers tempt visitors to attend their shows by giving a taste of their acts. Many of the performances are made specifically for De Parade and last at most thirty minutes.