Pride Amsterdam
Canal Parade boat

#54 Gay Expats Amsterdam

WE BRING COLOR TO THE WORLD We are going to give shape to the theme “My gender, My Pride” in the following visual way. Society is a colourful, multiform composition of people. That is what makes our society so beautiful and interesting. Many of us queers are remarkable, outspoken and wonderful people. You can find […]

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WE BRING COLOR TO THE WORLD

We are going to give shape to the theme “My gender, My Pride” in the following visual way. Society is a colourful, multiform composition of people. That is what makes our society so beautiful and interesting. Many of us queers are remarkable, outspoken and wonderful people. You can find us in all places and all corners of the world. Not always clearly visible. And that’s certainly because we don’t always dare to be ourselves. To speak out for our gender identity, which is somewhere on the wide spectrum of all genders.

With our boat, we want to give expression to all those different gender identities by making ourselves highly visible and contrasting with a world in which pluriformity does not get a picture and the monotony of a binary society prevails.

With our boat, we represent the monotony as a white world, a world without colour. This is what the world would be like without us colourful people. The story is not yet coloured. The colourful people get a stage, a catwalk, a pedestal to be seen with pride.

We bring colour to your world! We are here, get used to it!

We translate this into an all-white boat. Both the boat’s board, the stage elements and the participants in our boat: everything and everyone is white. The world has no colour. In this white appearance, we sail out from under every bridge. On top of the catwalk, a number of colourful figures are enveloped in a tube of white fabric (two hoops with fabric in between – like a Hans Klok-like disguise). The participants wear sombre white masks.

On a musical cue, the first reveal becomes a reality: the figures on the catwalk drop their white tubes and appear to the audience. The figures are a motley collection of gender-fucking images to show the whole spectrum of gender. They wear corsets, but have their (male) chests bare. They wear sexy shorts and sturdy shoes, but wear make-up on their faces, sometimes with extra facial hair. They wear a transparent hoop skirt construction that symbolises the fluidity of our spacious queerness. Through a complete mixing of stereotypical characteristics, the striking figures will represent a mishmash of “anything goes”. Meanwhile, the other participants turn their masks into a colourful back and unfold their sleeves, creating beautiful colourful fans.


When the people on the shore think that this is the end picture, there is another climax: from white tubes – towering above the boat – huge colourful arcs slide and drape over the boat like a huge firework.

The white boat is transformed into a colourful world in the blink of an eye: the world is more beautiful with us in it! At the next bridge, everything is prepared back to white to be ready for the next reveal.