Countdown to Gay Parade

Banners announce the upcoming gay parade

Banners announce the upcoming gay parade

Saturday is this year’s Gay Pride parade through the centre of Amsterdam. There are banners up on every bridge along the route – which follows Prinsengracht and then loops into the Amstel near the Stadhuis (townhall).

The parade is a long queue of boats, each one decorated and themed. It’s great fun, and the canal shores are lined with supporters cheering crazily.

The posters around town give a hint of what’s to come on Saturday, outrageous costumes, over-the-top theatrics. Last year there was a range of  themes to the boats, from outrageous to the political. I’m curious what will be on show this year.

Posters re traffic to the gay parade

Posters re traffic to the gay parade

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