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Hundreds of thousands celebrate at Amsterdam annual Gay Pride parade

Hundreds of thousands took Amsterdam’s canals Saturday for the annual Gay Pride parade.

The Associated Press reports:

Hundreds of thousands of gay rights supporters thronged Amsterdam’s canals for the city’s annual boat float parade, a party marking the high point of Gay Pride week.

The event features gay, lesbian and transgender people, many of them scantily-clad, dancing to music on elaborate boat-floats with onlookers cheering them on.

This year, Dutch homosexuals of Turkish ancestry had their own float, a first. One massive muscle-bound man on the boat swung a big black sign reading “Turkish, Dutch, Netherlander and Proud.”

The ancient Westerkerk ? the church with bells that once comforted Anne Frank while she was in hiding from the Nazis ? has been draped in the rainbow flag that has become a symbol of tolerance and the gay rights movement.

Read the full article via THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Visit http://www.amsterdamgaypride.nl/ for a gallery of photos.