Amsterdam gears up for canal parade

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6 August 2004, AMSTERDAM — The final touches were being made in Amsterdam Friday for the canal parade, the centrepiece of the city's annual Gay Pride weekend.

6 August 2004

AMSTERDAM — The final touches were being made in Amsterdam Friday for the canal parade, the centrepiece of the city's annual Gay Pride weekend.

Some 350,000 people are expected to turn out to watch as dozens of colourful boats and barges, carrying equally colourful participants, make their way through Amsterdam's canals on Saturday.

The boats will gather at the Westerdok for a 2pm start and pass along Westerdok, Korte Prinsengracht, Prinsgracht itself, on through the Amstel, Zwanenburgwal, the Oude Schans and back to Westdok. The passengers on each participating boat must perform an act in line with the central theme 'Amsterdam Pride goes international'.

After the parade, there will be a massive party on Rembrandtplein, and Amsterdam public transport company GVB has warned this may cause diversions on the tram routes 4, 9 and 14.

Amsterdam newspaper Het Parool reported Friday that Amsterdam — once known as a premiere gay city — is playing host to fewer gay visitors. Berlin, London, Paris and Barcelona are doing better at attracting gay tourists, according to the Amsterdam tourist board ATCB.

Nevertheless Amsterdam's Canal Parade, which attracts 350,000 people in good years, is still one of the city's main attractions.

Click here for the Amsterdam Pride site.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news, Canal Parade, Amsterdam Gay Pride

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