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Amsterdam Gay Pride Festival Kicks Off

The 16th edition of Amsterdam Gay Pride festival will take place from 1 till 7 August 2011, the city will host the famous Canal Parade on Saturday.

Radio Netherlands Worldwide has the report:

The theme of this year?s Gay Pride is ‘All together now’. Organiser ProGay says everybody should do their best to put Amsterdam back on the map as Gay Capital.

The Gay Pride event will last nine days this year, longer than ever before. Activities for gays, lesbians, bi-sexuals and transgenders have been organised in various locations across the city.

The high point of Gay Pride will be the traditional boat parade which will be held next Saturday. The parade will feature 80 vessels, including the first-ever Defence department boat featuring gay soldiers in uniform and, also for the first time, a Hindustani boat.

Education Minister Marja van Bijsterveldt will be attending the festivities. The announcement was met with fierce criticism because she has refused to sack public officials who refuse to marry same-sex couples. However, gay rights organisation COC says she is welcome, adding it would try to convince her to change her mind.

Via RADIO NETHERLANDS WORLDWIDE

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