Every summer, people from around the world gather in Amsterdam to celebrate freedom, equality, love and diversity. Attracting hundreds of thousands of spectators, Amsterdam Gay Pride is, without a doubt, one of Holland’s hottest publicly-held events of the year.
The rainbow celebrations typically last a week and include a great number of events, exhibitions, parties and various other cultural and sport activities devoted towards LGBT community. This time around, in addition to the annual pride, the city was also the host of 2016′s EuroPride. Hence, the whole shebang stretched through a three-week period, starting on July 23 and lasting till August 7.
The main highlight of the festival and for me certainly a memorable people-watching experience, was the Canal Parade followed by a closing party on the final day. Starting point of the parade was the Westerdok harbour at Prinsengracht a.k.a. Prince’s Canal, which is the longest canal in the Amsterdam’s Canal Ring. The procession then continued several kilometers down the water network with a finish line at Oosterdok, right by The National Maritime Museum.
The parade is one wild waterborne ceremony! Jazzed up vessels and barges of all kinds loaded with extravagance, on-board DJs and people in full-on party mood unite, to put on a unique show with the aim of bring to our minds the important issue of equality for everyone.
To get a better idea of what I really mean when speaking of the event, here are some images I captured during this one-of-a-kind spectacle, wandering the boisterous jam-packed streets of Amsterdam.