[VIDEO] Amsterdam Gay Pride Parade 2012

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.




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About Terri Lundberg

Terri Lundberg is an American expat currently residing with her husband in Saudi Arabia, but she calls Seattle and San Diego home. She’s a travel writer, an avid photographer and is a resource and cross cultural trainer to expats relocating to Saudi Arabia. She's been to 100 destinations, 30 countries, and counting.


  1. Your picture grabbed my attention SO fast – and then I read the title. Lol! Properly put in my place. Looks like the parade was a ton of fun and what better place to experience it than Amsterdam. 😀

    • Funny!! Yea, it was fun to experience in Amsterdam. I felt as if it were more of a city wide celebration versus a “gay” celebration. It seemed as if the whole town was on the canals partying.


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