Carnival is very loud, all the time. Since I live in the city center, it’s even louder. What I’m most surprised by is that the Dutch consider this a family event. In the middle of very drunk crowds smoking pot, there are toddlers in costumes walking on broken glass without hats and gloves. Carnival is such a big deal that the entire city shuts down. The university closed for the week, and the grocery stores closed for a while too. It’s impossible to get anything done outside, so I’m hiding in my room and staying warm. Did I mention it’s freezing outside?
If you’re my friend on Facebook, then you should be able to watch a short video of the parade here.