The Oranje hoards are out in force waiting for their heroes. And Heineken has done very well at getting its message across as well. Never seen so many kids prancing around advertising beer... or a bertje, as the t shirt puts it.
There is a helicopter buzzing around overhead, the odd squawk from a vuvuzela, and a continual ribbon of people walking towards the canals where the team will travel.
A long stretch of the Herengracht is closed off to all but the lucky few who live there, because of fears that people might sit on the roofs of the houseboats... In 1988, many almost sank under the weight of well wishers.