Amsterdam Gay Pride

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Hans Klok and Gerard Joling on a parade boat

Amsterdam Pride is a citywide gay-festival held annually at the center of Amsterdam during the first weekend of August. The festival attracts several hundred-thousand visitors each year and thus one of the largest publicly held annual events in the Netherlands. Amsterdam Pride was originally organized in 1996.

The peak of the festival is during the Canal Parade, a parade of boats of large variety on the first Saturday of August, which usually goes from Westerdok over the Prinsengracht, Amstel river, Zwanenburgwal and Oudeschans to Oosterdok. In 2014, the first Jewish boat and the first Moroccan boat participated in the Amsterdam Pride Canal Parade. [1] [2] [3]Dana International was on the Jewish boat, as well as the Fokkens twins (Louise Fokkens and Martine Fokkens), who are famous in the Netherlands for having worked 50 years as sex workers in Amsterdam’s Red Light District before their retirement earlier in 2014. [4] Marianne van Praag, a Reform rabbi from The Hague, was the only rabbi aboard the Jewish boat. [5] [6]

The center of the parties and concerts during the festival is the Rembrandtplein[7] and during the festival there are many activities in the surrounding area.

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