Bicyclemark was present this past Saturday, at Amsterdam’s annual Gay Festival. Coming from the New York City area, the concept of acceptance and freedom of expression when it comes to sexuality is a very familiar one, but never in New York has there been a spirit of joy, diversity, and acceptance like there was in Amsterdam on this famous holiday. Nevermind the hundreds of boats filled with decorative and entertaining themes that floated through the canals. The real subjects of pride and progress were the thousands upon thousands of people lining the canals, searching for a good seat to catch a glimpse of the parade. Senior citizens, Children, tourists, all shapes, colors, and sizes, everyone enjoys and annual gay festival. That is impressive. There are not enough places in this world which such a spirit. Which leaves one big question… how can Amsterdam export this wonderful energy, and bring the rest of the world out of its sexual dark-age.
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