Dutch people overwhelmingly support equal rights for gays, and the country became the world’s first to fully sanction gay marriages in April 2001. So when I found out it was Gay Pride week the weekend I was going to Amsterdam, there was no way I was going to miss the parade. I expected something fabulous, and I was not disappointed. This was one big canal side party.
The Gay Pride “Naughty Boat” Parade is the high point of Gay Pride week. The boat-floats feature gay, lesbian, and transgender people, some of them “dang near naked.” The streets along side Prinsengracht canal were lined with hundreds of thousands of gay right supporters. When I say this was one big party, I’m telling you, house music blasting everywhere; people hanging out on balconies, and windowsills of canal side houses. Oh yea…and pink, pink, and mo pink everywhere.
The video is below. The video and editing is rough; I’m on the road, and I’m slightly lazy. LOL But, this gives you an idea as to what I saw and experienced.