The kids with caps...time to make some noise!

So the other day I told you about the Invasion of the kids with caps... Once they get the cap placed on their head, it doesn't stop there. It's time to celebrate. Big time.

It goes like this. Each High School class gets on to a truck. Which they have decorated with flowers, banners, Danish flags, etc, etc, etc. One of the most important things is the banner on the side of the truck. Which tells you which class and high school the students graduated from. And what the students will do if you wave to them or give them a toot from your car. (And, yes, everyone takes it in good spirit and toot, toot, toooooooots!) Along the lines of “1 Toot, we drink. 2 Toots, we finish the glass. 3 Toots, we’ll give you a flash.” And these Danes keep their promises…we saw several bare bottoms last year!

truck

And their parents/grannies/siblings/next-door-neighbours/the neighbour’s cat are on hand to give them a good send off.  Flags?  Check!  Beer?  Check!  Air horn?  Check! Loud speakers? Check! Ready for takeoff? Check! And where are they heading? On a loooooooong journey - they'll stop at every student’s home for drinks and snacks. And – with about 25 students per class – that means that they’ll be driving around on the truck until the wee small hours of the next morning…



Alcohol, young kids and moving vehicles can be a dangerous cocktail. But the long arm of the Danish law are on hand to make sure that everything is all present and correct before take off.



At our local High Schools, there will be several trucks. Each playing different playlists. And that they play music for the entire duration of their trip around the area, usually 12 hours. Plus any passing cars or lorries will toot their horns and join in. Boom, boom. Toot, toot. Boom, boom! So it’s a very noisy afternoon and evening around these parts… Are you beginning to get the picture? Here’s a quick video I snapped of one of the trucks leaving the school (apologies for the shaky-hand) to give you a glimpse!
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NrU97gDcHs]

If you're here in Denmark, you might want to sleep with your windows closed tonight (despite the tropical heatwave we are currently experiencing).  Because it will be the wee small hours of the next morning that these trucks finally grind to a halt, the tooting stops, the speakers are unplugged, everything is a bit blurry, it's actually gone quite dark (despite the long Danish summer days), and we can all finally get to sleep!



Have a fabulous Friday and a wonderful weekend!

Diane :-)

 

3 comments:

James Baker said...

Good day,
My name is James Baker and I am currently doing research on the Danish education system. I am having trouble getting in.touch with people on the ground in Denmark that can speak to this issue.

If you have the time I am hoping you could help me out.

Please email me at jbaker158@student.umuc.edu

Thank you for your time.

PS. The cap tradition looks amazing!

Linda K. said...

Diane..I am halfway through your book and I love it! I just read how you wrote it in 15 minutes increments, a very interesting concept.

Diane said...

Linda, I am so glad to hear that you're enjoying it!!! I've been away on vacation recently (Nice, France and the south of Sweden) but am looking forward to getting back behind my blog desk. I've also started the sequel to "Death Comes to Strandvig" so, if you like the first book, there is more on the way! :-)