|Today was the day of the gay pride parade along Amsterdam’s Prinsengracht canal. The whole city turns out to support the parade, including the city’s mayor Job Cohen – he’s the one in the suit.|
|The whole of the Prinsengracht is lined with supporters for the parade. All sorts of people are there cheering the boats on. And there are all sorts of boats, like most gay pride events there is a political dimension – this year there was a boat from parents of gay kids and one about aids cure.|
|Reporters interview the participants on one boat. Much to the annoyance of the people around me, who were calling for the reporter to quit and let the parade carry on.|
|One of the performers struts his stuff, this boat had a theme and a routine, I love seeing the “free show”, but this year I think there were fewer great performances among the 88 boats. There also seemed to be more people in the city to watch the show, and more press boats on the canal.|
I really like the fact that this is on the canal, gives it an added element. I’ve watched the Pride parade in Brighton a few times, which is great but snarls up traffic round the city for hours!
It does give it a whole other dimension – and creates some challenges for the performers as on some boats they need to duck going under all the bridges.
It does partially snarl up the traffic – only the most brave/stupid tried to take their cars along the Prinsengracht yesterday.
This kind event is something we don’t or ever get to see in Malaysia.
Marvelous and colorful events 🙂
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