Saturday, August 4, 2012

Pride Parade Floats Through Amsterdam

Caroline Nelissen /
Flags flew high for the Pride parade Saturday in Amsterdam

By Caroline Nelissen
Senior Reporter
AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands –  A lively collection of floating craft formed today’s Amsterdam Canal Parade.
This annual parade, where colorfully decorated boats make their way through the city’s canals, is part of the Amsterdam Gay Pride event, which celebrates the diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from all walks of life.
Unlike in many other cities, the Gay Pride parade in Amsterdam does not take place on the streets, but rather follows a route through some of the city’s many canals.
There were many different boats, representing a variety of groups, such as several LGBT organizations, political parties, muncipalities, the police force, the Ministery of Defense and various large and small companies.
The often very colorful boats were filled with people dancing and waving at the enthusiastic crowds on the quays who were not deterred by Amsterdam’s changeable weather.
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