AMSTERDAM — Hundreds of thousands of spectators lined Amsterdam’s historic canals on Saturday to celebrate Canal Parade, a Pride flotilla of 80 brightly decorated boats packed with people partying, singing and waving rainbow flags, balloons and umbrellas.
Boats representing rights groups, bars, clothing brands and even the Dutch military cruised the waterways slowly during a revival of the hugely popular LGBTQ Pride event which had been canceled for two years in amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We look forward to a special edition where ‘being who you are and loving who you want’ is the norm and fighting for equal rights is the message,” said Amsterdam Pride director Lucien Spee de Castillo. Ruiz.
Spectators were packed in severals along the Dutch capital’s canals and bridges to watch the 25th version of the parade which was the culmination of the city’s nine-day Pride event.
Earlier, Dutch police stopped a boat supporting farmers protesting government climate plans to cut nitrogen emissions from joining the parade. Only 80 boats were allowed to participate and they had to register in advance.
The farmers’ boat was decorated with flags saying ‘Proud Farmers’ and ‘No Farmers, No Food’. On board was one person in a cow costume and others wearing pink clogs and pink cowboy hats.