Amsterdam hosted Euro Pride this year. Himself and I went to wave our Freaky Flag and add our support. There are few things that help illustrate to me just how privileged I am than the fact that I live in a free city where not only can this parade exist, but that I can go and celebrate with my friends, and their friends and not have to worry about discrimination or attack from anything more upsetting than pick pockets.
It’s a humbling experience, and yet I come away from it today still so full of love, good feelings and emotion that I wonder how bad news and wars can exist in the same world where events like this happen. Would you like to know more?
Along with several thousand other people, we made our way to the Prinsengracht to watch the Amsterdam 2012 Pride Parade on Saturday.
The Parade was as wonderful as any I’ve been to or participated in. Though it was interesting to watch the crowd, as I’ve never seen a crowd so difficult to rile up! Only one float got a real reaction out of them in the 4 hour parade, and that was the group doing the actions to YMCA.
My large camera brings all the boys to my yard … ?
These guys were wonderful and everyone did stop and respond when the bugle played and they saluted the crowds.
The queen Queen. Good ol’ Bea!
Some of the expressions I captured were just priceless!
The Dancers are always full of energy! (I’m not sure anything could have stopped this guy!)
There is s unique logistical problem with holding the Parade on the canals. For the first time ever, I’ve seen the floats actually float. But they also have to get under bridges. So what you get, is a lot of floats being air filled, like jumping castles, that get hauled down and deflated at the last minute.
Though this solution was elegantly executed also …
The other popular theme this year was ticker tape cannons. So I’ll leave you today with this shot.
Have a Rainbow filled day, and life, My Fabulous Fishies! *air kisses*
Not your usual day trip to the park!
I always look forward to Fair Day. It’s so much fun! There’s so much to see and do, and so many friends to catch up with.
It’s difficult to convey even in photos, just how many thousands of people participate, how diverse the crowd is, and how much love is shared in Victoria Park on Fair Day.
Families of all types are present and welcomed.
I look forward to it every year! (And the after sun balm is on ice for when I get home!)
Not my best day photographically, but I made a bad choice early as to which lens I was going to use for the day. *shrugs* I worked with it 🙂