I just went for a drink, or two, three or maybe more to town this afternoon. During the Canal Parade I (almost) didn’t have any alcohol, so to close off these 9 days of Gay Pride I went to Zeedijk. At “de Engel” I had a few beers, next stop café ‘t Mandje where I joined the sing-along and another beer. I met Martin again, we see each other on and off, but have a lot of friends in common.
Later we went together to the Gay Pride closing party on Rembrandt Square, which started hours before and will go on till midnight. After an hour I had enough and wanted to go home, my friend had the same idea. Driving off the venue site I was stopped by a police officer.
He said: “Do you have a driving license?” and I said “Yes!”
Than he said “Have you’ve been drinking?” I couldn’t deny that so I said ‘Yes I did.’
Before he could ask the next question, and remember I sit on a certain level to people who stand around me, I asked with a 😉 in my most innocent voice… “Do I have to blow now officer?!”
He said “not now” and winked back. “Have a good trip home.”
Which I did.
That’s Amsterdam’s finest for you, in other countries it could be seen as a bribery.
It’s a long post, not in text but in photos. Click the first one and you’ll see a bigger version, some have a text to explain it.
We are an odd lot, instead of being quiet for a few moments we applaud. Just to show our thoughts to them who never reached the AIDS conference in Melbourne just because their plane MH17 was shot down over the Ukraine.
Miss Dolly Bellefleur, this years Ambassador of Gay Pride
Lord Mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan, opens the flotilla of Amsterdam Canal Pride 2014
the ‘pride’ of City Hall
The Moroccan float, a combination of Jewish and Muslims. Love has nothing to do with religion, only with the heart.
The Israëli float, somewhere Dana International was on it too.
NO, that’s not her! 😉
Expreszo Magazine, for LGBTQ youth
SIN creates parties for women, but also sports events, dating and…
A commercial break…
Suitsupply concurs the waves…
Julius Gaysar and 70 Pink Knights concur the waves.
Pink Dolphins, they ran out of sea horses…
No this is not a float made by Christo…
SOA = STD
Cat Carpenters, I’ve never heard of them, found out they make music
No name, no organisation, just friends who digged deep into their pockets to be part of this fest
Popcake from The Hague, a disco which is ‘straight friendly’.
The title says it all
The providers of food and drink to restaurants, bars and you!
Another commercial break
Make women visible
ING Bank, pharoah leads his people (to the bank vaults…)
But what have those two Anubis’s to do with it all. Is the end near? (Of the bank)
A big employer in Amsterdam who’s known for equality for all
The Opvoedkliniek (Education Clinic) helps youth, families and adolescents with questions about starting a family…
… okay, that last statement didn’t sound right. The youth get’s placed in loving families.
Amsterdam gay Rugby
COC Netherlands has been advocating the rights of lesbian women, gay men, bisexuals and transgenders from 1946 on
One of the Pink Noord members
Of course the tagline is Power to You. Joehoe is the dutch (gay) version of Hello!
Gay firefighters sponsored by United Bikes
Bring me Sunshine…
the name says it all
guest of honor… Conchitta Wurst
Rich + Gay, they had enough money to sponsor this little boat, meanwhile doing nothing while sipping wine and standing around.
The ‘girls’ from bar Lellebel
He’s participating for the 19th time, he likes to show off and he’s straight… but loves the attention. (BTW, he’s a great guy, he offered his boat to us, Pink Noord, but we didn’t have the funds)
Another commercial break, love the ship though
Gay postal workers
Royal Dutch Kentalis is a national organization in the Netherlands specializing in providing diagnostic, care and educational services to people who are deaf, hard of hearing or deafblind, as well as to people with severe speech/language impairment or autistic spectrum disorders accompanied by severe speech and language difficulties.
WOW! That was a mouth full!
X-MO is a gay (male) porn TV broadcaster, so what are those women doing onboard?! Or do they have an all female TV channel as well?
Akzo/Nobel colors your world
So, what’s coming next?
Milkshake is an 1-day festival for girls who like boys who like boys who like…
I’ve never thought about that!
S.O.S. The PANN Foundation organizes straight-friendly parties all over the country
Café Kalff from Utrecht
The one in the middle, with the big hairdo, is a friend of us.
Again loads of applause and calls to our men and women in blue.
Pink in Blue
Their slogan is: “Proud to be your friend” If they were not on the float, they took care of traffic and misdemeanors along the canal.
Amsterdam Gay Student Association
The Hivos organisation, break open that closet!
Mario and best friend Klaus
Gay workers of the Dutch National Bank, celebrating life but also the 200th anniversary of the Bank and the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Rainbow bar Rotterdam
Café ‘t Mandje – Bet van Beeren, one of our regular hangouts on Zeedijk
Two hospitals work together, OLVG and Lucas/Andreas…
These are the Guardian Angels that will take care of you… when needed.
Listen to the Jungle, an eventplanner
Waternet is the water company for Amsterdam and the surroundings. They supply you with tap water and take care of the discharge of waste water. They also make sure you keep your feet dry by maintaining the water level and keeping the surface water clean.
Dutch Mensa group
Positive and proud
Again they tell their own story
Upstream swimming team
doing the carwash, over and over again
GVB = Municipal Public Transport. These are the fairies who bring me to town on their ferries
Radio Decibel, normally good music but now a bit too loud
Funeral Insurance company
Our men and women of Army, navy, customs and military police. For a change the minister of Defence was not onboard.
…she was not missed… it’s these people who keep us safe.
Gays from Amsterdam-ZuidOost
Wilson bar in Haarlem
The Dining Divas, meeting new women during dinner once a month for singles and… swingers.
Ferry magazine + store
Bar Loud of Rotterdam
Taking care of LGBTQ pensioners should be better in retirement homes, a TV program on RTL4 this autumn will show what goes right and wrong. The presenters Gerard + Gordon, aka Geer & Goor, heve a feud in real life but in front of the camera that’s all gone. (or is it an act?!)
The Queens and queens of love
just unicorns do not make this gay
Some final notes…
And a commercial which states: ‘Tomorrow even more men in tight leather suits! Gamma is a DIY superstore chain which organizes a motor rally in Assen.
That’s me smack in the middle of Zeedijk in front of Café ‘t Mandje – Bet van Beeren. The street is closed of for all traffic.
Moon + Corrie, the red-head is my friend and neigbor, the blond her niece.