Today, on Valentine’s Day, was the kick off event for Gay Pride 2016, at the same time Euro Pride 2016. The organization showed an impression of Gay Pride 2015 and announced the program for this year’s Gay Pride. They also introduced three new ambassadors, Margriet van der Linden, Valentijn de Hingh en Diva Mayday.
After that, Frits Huffnagel, chairman of AGP, finally anounced the 80 contestants that were accepted to have a boat at this years Canal Parade. He did this in alphabetical order so for a little while we weren’t sure what name to wait for: H – Holy Boat I – Internationale Roze Kerk or W – World Religion Boat. As you can see we had to wait till the I!
Where most names were just announced, Frits Huffnagel took some extra time for our boat. He mentioned AGP was proud to give some attention for different religions on this new boat of ours. “De verschillende geloven zullen niet op één kussen, maar op één boot staan.”