PHOTOS: Canal Pride Rides the Waves in Amsterdam

By Christopher Harrity

Originally published on Advocate.com August 05 2014 7:01 AM ET

What better way to celebrate Pride then getting hosed on by muscular, beglittered revelers on canal boats? This event in Amsterdam is one of the more unique manifestions of LGBT Pride and one of the more popular to attend by both residents and tourists alike.

Revelers on a boat covered in glitter parade the Prinsengracht canal participating in the Amsterdam Canal Parade during Amsterdam Gay Pride on August 2, 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Over 500,000 people from all over the world attend the yearly Gay Pride and the Canal Parade where 79 boats with revelers in  costume parade the Dutch capital from the Prinsengracht canal to the Amstel river.

Blowing a kiss on the canal.

Time for a little one-on-one Gay Pride in action.

Bubbly, stripey Pride.

Boats and onlookers line the banks of the canal with the charmng archticture of Amsterdam behind them.

A close up of some of the charming architecture of Amsterdam.

The Pride Patrol hoses down the crowd with love.

A close up of the Pride Patrol reveals a fervent dedication to fitness.

The Pride Patrol utilizes powerful hoses to spray the crowd.

More stripes, more bubbles, more Pride, and more muscles.

Members of the Dutch Aids Fonds sail silently ahead of the Amsterdam Canal Parade commemorating two of their members, Pim de Kuijer and Martine de Schutter, who perished onboard Flight MH17 when it crashed, during Amsterdam Gay Pride on August 2, 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The Pride Patrol members wear protective shrugs to avoid over exposure of their cannonball shoulders.

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