Amsterdam Gay Pride (With many colourful photos :) May take a bit longer to load)

I haven’t been very active over the past couple of weeks (which is quite an understatement to be fair) but I do hope to make up for it with a collection of photos taken at this year’s gay pride parade in Amsterdam.

The weather was lovely, the atmosphere amazing and the people great.

 

no participants of the gay pride parade. Just people who decorated their private boat according to the gaypride theme (copyright Karlstein)

no participants of the gay pride parade. Just people who decorated their private boat according to the gaypride theme (copyright Karlstein)

nope, the parade still hadn't started. More people who decorated their boat and wanted to observe the parade from their boat. (copyright Karlstein)

nope, the parade still hadn’t started. More people who decorated their boat and wanted to observe the parade from their boat. Unfortunately I had the bridge’s chains in my field of view (copyright Karlstein)

more and more spectators on their boats find their way to the canals to watch the parade. (copyright Karlstein)

more and more spectators on their boats find their way to the canals to watch the parade. (copyright Karlstein)

the bridge was soon getting crowded (copyright Karlstein)

the bridge was soon getting crowded (copyright Karlstein)

Oddly enough this lady is single (according to her T shirt)

Oddly enough this lady is single (according to her T-shirt)

the AIDS fond mourning for their colleagues who have been aboard the plane shot down over Ukraine. Still not the beginning of the parade. (copyright Karlstein)

the AIDS fond mourning for their colleagues who have been aboard the plane shot down over Ukraine. Still not the beginning of the parade. (copyright Karlstein)

 

The AIDS fond boat. Not strictly a participant. (copyright Karlstein)

The AIDS fond boat. Not strictly a participant. (copyright Karlstein)

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note the mass of spectator boats on the right and how crowded the bridge on the rightern side is. (copyright Karlstein)

note the mass of spectator boats on the right and how crowded the bridge on the right side is. (copyright Karlstein)

The police boats. Policing was probably never so much fun. (copyright Karlstein)

The police boats clearing the canal for the parade. (copyright Karlstein)

this boat an actual participant of the parade was shooting confetti which wasn't much to my liking. (copyright Karlstein)

this boat an actual participant of the parade was shooting confetti which wasn’t much to my liking. (copyright Karlstein)

the gay Maroccan boat. (copyright  Karlstein)

the gay Moroccan boat. (copyright Karlstein)

Exodays/the gay Jewish boat. (copyright Karlstein)

Exodays/the gay Jewish boat. (copyright Karlstein)

on the Exodays boat.

on the Exodays boat.

Exodays and one and a half tablet. (copyright Karlstein)

Exodays and one and a half tablet. (copyright Karlstein)

start of the parade?

some more boats coming around the corner. (copyright Karlstein)

rainbow gate over one of the many, many venues. (copyright: Karlstein)

rainbow gate over one of the many, many venues. (copyright: Karlstein)

some of the canals wre lined with metal fences (copyright Karlstein)

some of the canals were lined with metal fences (copyright Karlstein)

crowds next to the canal

crowds next to the canal (copyright Karlstein)

one of the many posters standing around advertising all of the events in association with gay pride (way too many to  attend all) (copyright Karlstein)

one of the many posters standing around advertising all of the events in association with gay pride (way too many to attend all) (copyright Karlstein)

house at one of the canals (copyright Karlstein)

house at one of the canals (copyright Karlstein)

that looks like to old pink bedding sheets hung out of a window (copyright Karlstein)

that looks like to old pink bedding sheets hung out of a window (copyright Karlstein)

masses of people

masses of people

gay Californian flag (copyright Karlstein)

gay Californian flag (copyright Karlstein)

OutTV's boat is on the canal. You jsut can't see the canal anymore with all the people attending the parade) (copyright Karlstein)

OutTV’s boat is on the canal. You just can’t see the canal anymore with all the people attending the parade) (copyright Karlstein)

another boat on the canal where you can't see the canal anymore (copyright Karlstein)

another boat on the canal where you can’t see the canal anymore (copyright Karlstein)

attendees (copyright Karlstein)

attendees (copyright Karlstein)

some weird street decoration (I wouldn't want this to decorate my flat) (copyright Karlstein)

some weird street decoration (I wouldn’t want this in my flat) (copyright Karlstein)

street scene (copyright Karlstein)

street scene with oversized pink bottle (copyright Karlstein)

(copyright Karlstein)

(copyright Karlstein)

house with gaypride flag and colourful ballons (copyright Karlstein)

house with gaypride flag and colourful balloons and I think a Welsh flag not properly unfurled (copyright Karlstein)

That was a boat sponsored by one of the banks, I think (copyright Karlstein)

That was a boat sponsored by one of the banks, I think (copyright Karlstein)

A bunch of gay & bi Egyptian god & goddesses.  Though I haven't found my Hathor there (copyright Karlstein)

A bunch of gay & bi Egyptian god & goddesses. Though I haven’t found my Hathor there (copyright Karlstein)

the google boat. (copyright Karlstein)

the google boat. (copyright Karlstein)

end of the parade (copyright Karlstein)

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copyright Karlstein

COC boat. The COC is the leading LGBT rights organisation of the Netherlands. (copyright Karlstein)

COC boat. The COC is the leading LGBT rights organisation of the Netherlands. The text reads “There still a lot to fight for. Fight with us” (copyright Karlstein)

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Couple crossing the crowded street. (copyright Karlstein)

LGBT service personnel. (copyright Karlstein)

LGBT service personnel. (copyright Karlstein)

the vodafone boat (copyright Karlstein)

the Vodafone boat (copyright Karlstein)

cafe adorned with flags (copyright karlstein)

cafe adorned with flags (copyright Karlstein)

gaypride flag from a private house in central Amsterdam (copyright Karlstein)

gaypride flag from a private house in central Amsterdam (copyright Karlstein)

street impression (copyright Karlstein)

street impression (copyright Karlstein)

Someone jsut lost her skirt and I jsut absolutely love the woman's face on the right (copyright Karlstein)

Someone just lost her skirt and I absolutely love the woman’s face on the right (copyright Karlstein)

the print on the high  visibility verst reads: Pilice. Pink in Blue. (copyright: Karlstein)

the print on the high visibility vest reads: police. Pink in Blue.
(copyright: Karlstein)

dolce vita in Amsterdam: outside the pubs on Sunday (copyright Karlstein)

dolce vita in Amsterdam: outside the pubs on Sunday (copyright Karlstein)

impressive gay pride flag (copyright Karlstein)

impressive gay pride flag (copyright Karlstein)

spotted in central Amsterdam on Sunday (copyright: Karlstein)

spotted in central Amsterdam on Sunday (copyright: Karlstein)

pub with gaypride flags (copyright Karlstein)

pub with gaypride flags (copyright Karlstein)

I found more gaypride flags (copyright Karlstein)

I found more gaypride flags (copyright Karlstein)

and more gay pride flags (copyright Karlstein)

and more gay pride flags (copyright Karlstein)

this shop closes at 5p.m. due to the gay pride parade (the shop keeper was likely busy celebrating)

this shop closes at 5p.m. due to the gay pride parade (the shop keeper was likely busy celebrating)

gay flags appear to be on sale everywhere. At least this shop specialising in sailing & boat equipment (incl falgs) stocked some. (copyright Karlstein)

gay flags appear to be on sale everywhere. At least this shop specialising in sailing & boat equipment (incl flags) stocked some. (copyright Karlstein)

hard to determine which shops/businesses were not rainbow coloured. (copyright Karlstein.)

hard to determine which shops/businesses were not rainbow coloured. (copyright Karlstein.)

all the freebies I could collect (copyright Karlstein)

all the freebies I could collect (copyright Karlstein)

 

A few impressions not to do with gay events…

 

Locks bearing couples' names locked to a bridge. (coopyright Karlstein)

Locks bearing couples’ names locked to a bridge. Seen in Amsterdam. (copyright Karlstein)

An Amsterdam attraction I didn't visit: The cheese house (you may guess why) (copyright: Karlstein)

An Amsterdam attraction I didn’t visit: The cheese house (you may guess why) (copyright: Karlstein)

the trams in Amsterdam all have a logo/pattern in addition to a number. this labelling system stems from a time when illitireacy was still aboundand (that is when the trams were still horse drawn)

the trams in Amsterdam all have a logo/pattern in addition to a number. This labelling system stems from a time when illiteracy was more common – when the trams were still horse-drawn.

 

different pattern/logo on tram #14

different pattern/logo on tram #14

one of the closed market stalls in Amsterdam. I didn't know that the stalls were so pretty (copyright Karlstein)

one of the closed market stalls in Amsterdam. I didn’t know that the stalls were so pretty (copyright Karlstein)

another closed market stall. (copyright Karlstein)

another closed market stall. (copyright Karlstein)

The Hague has taken some of its older trams out of the depot. (copyright Karlstein)

The Hague has taken some of its older trams out of the depot. (copyright Karlstein)

cat sleeping in a hop window (not the first time that I've seen cats in shops inside shops in the Netherlands) (copyright Karlstein)

cat sleeping in a hop window (not the first time that I’ve seen cats in shops inside shops in the Netherlands) (copyright Karlstein)

 

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About Kim Karlstein

Member of the gay conspiracy in one of the regional offices in the UK. The conspiracy you lately constantly heard about. Other than plotting how to take over world I have fairly normal hobbies. My gravatar is taken with thanks from wikimedia commons.
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