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The View From Amsterdam Pride, The World’s Only LGBT Parade On Water

It was smooth sailing as tens of thousands celebrated love and equality.

This weekend wrapped up Amsterdam Pride with the celebration’s iconic flotilla procession down the Prinsengracht canal. The Canal Parade, which draws tens of thousands of spectators every year, is the world’s only waterborne Pride parade.

Religious leaders joined the festivities, including French Imam Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed.

French Imam Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed gestures as he is on board of a boat during the 2016 Amsterdam Gay Pride / EuroPride festival on August 6, 2016. / AFP / ANP / Jerry Lampen / Netherlands OUT        (Photo credit should read JERRY LAMPEN/AFP/Getty Images)
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French Imam Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed gestures as he is on board of a boat during the 2016 Amsterdam Gay Pride / EuroPride festival on August 6, 2016. / AFP / ANP / Jerry Lampen / Netherlands OUT        (Photo credit should read JERRY LAMPEN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Even Mayor Eberhard van der Laan got in on the fun.

The mayor of Amsterdam @eberhardvanderlaan has arrived! #canalparade #pride #pride #lgbt #amsterdam

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Proud of our mayor @eberhardvanderlaan #europride #lgbt #pride #canalparade #europride2016 #amsterdam

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As did Amsterdam’s Westerkerk tower.

Dutch retailer Albert Heijn renamed several of its “AH to go” shops as “AH to gay” during Pride to show support for the LGBT community.

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Trans model Valentijn de Hingh wore a dress made of 72 flags from countries where homosexuality is illegal.

And later joined Conchita Wurst at the parade.

Can't get over how much fun yesterday was #europride #europride2016 #ambassador #canalparade #lgbtpride

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Security was increased for the event, which doubled as EuroPride 2016, in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando and terror attacks in France, Germany and Belgium.

“We are extra alert. Many visible and invisible measures were already taken after earlier attacks in Belgium and France”, said a spokesperson for the mayor. “Gay Pride is an important event that is a symbol for freedom. Our aim is to let normal life continue as much as possible and not to live in fear.”

Below, more images from Amsterdam Pride.

TOPSHOT - ***NETHERLANDS OUT*** Members of the public participate in the Canal Parade during the 2016 Amsterdam Gay Pride / EuroPride festival on August 6, 2016. / AFP / ANP / Remko de Waal / Netherlands OUT        (Photo credit should read REMKO DE WAAL/AFP/Getty Images)
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A disguised person sings as people take part in the 2016 Amsterdam Gay Pride / EuroPride festival on August 6, 2016. / AFP / ANP / Remko de Waal / Netherlands OUT        (Photo credit should read REMKO DE WAAL/AFP/Getty Images)
***NETHERLANDS OUT*** Members of the public participate in the Canal Parade as part of the 2016 Amsterdam Gay Pride / EuroPride festival on August 6, 2016. / AFP / ANP / Bas Czerwinski / Netherlands OUT        (Photo credit should read BAS CZERWINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Bas Czerwinski / Netherlands OUT

#gaypride #gay #love #friends #hugs

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