Amsterdam Gay Pride is a city wide celebration of homosexuality that takes place every year on the first weekend of August. I like to think of it as a celebration of sexuality in all its forms. It’s a time when everyone can come together and celebrate that it’s ok to be different and that love, no matter what form it takes, is still love.
The main event of the celebrations is the Amsterdam Gay Pride Canal Boat Parade. Men and women of all orientations come together to celebrate diversity in sexuality by dancing to the Village People’s greatest hits while trying unsuccessfully to not crash their canal boats into another group dancing to the greatest hit of The Weather Girls (and no, that’s not a euphemism).
Amsterdam Gay Pride Mixed Signals
It’s a great parade to check out even as a straight person. The city’s canals turn into one big party of music, dancing and feather bowers. However, it might send mixed signals if, as a straight person, you check out the gay pride parade while wearing a t-shirt with the words ‘I Like Me’ written upon it in very large letters. As I discovered one year, it’s all about context. On any other day of the year ‘I Like Me’ is a humorous T-shirt worn for simple amusement. However, on the day of the Amsterdam Gay Pride Parade ‘I Like Me’ becomes a T-shirt that unintentionally declares, “I’m here and I’m queer and I’m ok with that because I like me,” to other free and single male celebrators. Especially if you can’t stop dancing to YMCA like I can never seem to stop myself from doing.
So waking up in the morning and deciding to put on such a T-shirt when you know you are going to watch the gay pride parade (as I did) might not be the best informed choice to make even if it is nice to find out that you have options… a lot of options (as I did).