Like every year, King’s Day is celebrated on 27 April in Pietermaai District, organized by Evento Curaçao in collaboration with a group of hotel and catering entrepreneurs from the neighborhood. “It is one of the biggest and most visited events in the district. There are both local residents and tourists, because it is holiday. That mix makes it so fun, “says Marijke Hoos of Evento Curaçao.
The traditional royal market is displayed in the Pietermaaiweg. Around 40 exhibitors sell – sometimes handmade – decorations, jewelery, clothing, delicacies and other typical gadgets that belong to a free market. The traditional old Dutch games, such as four in a row, shuffles and jeans hang, like every year in the Nieuwestraat place. The famous Curaçao magician Tom Presti is also present at the square at restaurant Ginger to entertain the children with exciting magic tricks.
On the corner of the Theaterstraat and Pietermaaiweg on the former site of the old Roxy Theater, the following institutions are again set up for visitors – especially children – to get acquainted with: Boat-troop Commander of the Navy in the Caribbean (Naval Base Parera), Army Force Company of Defense in the Caribbean, Royal Netherlands Navy, Curaçao Militia, Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, Fire Department Curaçao, Veterans Association Curaçao, Citizen Rescue Organization (Citro). Children can get acquainted with the various disciplines and the Curaçao heroes who work daily for the safety of the residents of Curaçao.
And then of course there is live music and fun at the various catering establishments in the neighborhood. At Café de Tijd the DJ’s Boogieman, Alain and Maxim entertain the party people. At Old Dutch The Sleeves perform hours. Mundo Bizarro has Edsel Juliet on stage outside. At Andres Mercedes and Los Presidentes from Ginger. Also newcomer in the La Cantina del Patron district has live music with DJ Natsuj, DJ Jack and the band Rhyddm. Ron-Le-Bass performs at Miles Jazz Café. Bistro Pietermaai and newcomers in the Dutch Treats district will also open their doors during this holiday.
Besides King’s Day on 27 April, King’s Night will also be celebrated in the district on 26 April. This event is centered in the Nieuwestraat. The popular band Perfect Fourth gives a performance at Miles Jazz Café. At La Cantina del Patron the band Rhyddm performs, alternated with DJ Natsuj. At Ginger Andres comes Mercedes y Los Presidentes. Edsel Juliet performs at Mundo Bizarro, followed by a live tango show.
In connection with the preparations for King’s Day and Night, the Nieuwestraat will be closed to traffic on 26 and 27 April. Only residents of the FKP houses are given special access to the street and have been personally informed of this. The other residents are requested to park their car outside the street. The Pietermaaiweg will be closed for traffic on 27 April from 7:00. It is possible to park at Pietermaai Parking, on presentation of a special parking ticket, only valid on 27 April. A ticket costs 10 guilders and is available until April 26 at Pietermaai Parking (telephone number: 4658080) .