It’s Gay Week in Amsterdam, there are events all over town for whatever might appeal; exhibitions, parties, and hepatitis vaccinations. One of the more flamboyant of the events is the Drag Queen Olympics, featuring the Stiletto Sprint and the Handbag Throw.
The grande finale event is this Saturday there will be a big gay pride parade on boats going around the Prinsengracht. It’s always a lot of fun, the canal is lined with Amsterdammers and visitors to the city all supporting the parade. It’s a fun event, but not without controversy. Some Christian groups in the country don’t support it, and some gays resent the very narrow lifestyle represented on the boats.
However on the whole it’s a celebration, and I’m looking forward to it. The only problem this year is that rain is predicted – so it could be soggy feather boas and sequins in the canal.