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Pride on the canal: Huge crowds at Amsterdam water parade

Aug. 06, 2022 10:51 AM EDT

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of spectators lined Amsterdam's historic canals Saturday to celebrate Canal Parade, a Pride flotilla of 80 brightly decorated boats packed with people partying, singing and waving rainbow flags, balloons and umbrellas. The boats representing...

AP PHOTOS: Toronto's Caribana a celebration of freedom

Aug. 05, 2022 09:58 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Caribana. A Celebration of Freedom. Feathers. Glitter. Decadent floats. Booming music. The vibrant masquerade at the Carnival Festival in Toronto is far more than a visual delight. It is a celebration of freedom -- of liberation and exuberance never...

Black family sues Sesame Place, alleging discrimination

Jul. 28, 2022 03:12 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Baltimore family is suing a Sesame Street-themed amusement park for $25 million over claims of racial discrimination, alleging multiple costumed characters ignored a 5-year-old Black girl during a meet-and-greet event last month. The lawsuit comes in the wake...

150,000 people march for LGBTQ rights in Berlin

Jul. 23, 2022 10:50 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Draped in rainbow flags and touting signs, around 150,000 people marched for LGBTQ rights Saturday at Berlin’s annual Christopher Street Day celebration, celebrating this year's parade theme “United in Love.” Berlin police gave the crowd estimate Saturday...

Hurdler Camacho-Quinn cherishes Olympic gold for Puerto Rico

Jul. 22, 2022 13:33 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — This was what winning an Olympic gold medal for Puerto Rico looked like for hurdler Jasmine Camacho-Quinn: Billboards around San Juan featuring only her first name. A festive, flag-waving parade just for her. Meeting some of the country's biggest dignitaries. ...

Sesame Place apologizes after Black girls snubbed at parade

Jul. 20, 2022 18:44 PM EDT

A Sesame Street-themed amusement park has apologized and promised more training for its employees after a video showing a costumed character waving off two 6-year-old Black girls during a parade went viral online. The nine-second video, posted to Instagram on Saturday by Jodi Brown,...

South Korean capital celebrates 1st Pride parade in 3 years

Jul. 16, 2022 08:14 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Thousands of gay rights supporters marched under heavy police guard in the South Korean capital on Saturday as they celebrated the city’s first major Pride parade in three years after a COVID-19 hiatus. Police were on alert because church-backed...

Ukraine plays special role in France's Bastille Day parade

Jul. 14, 2022 10:47 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The war in Ukraine has even shaken up Bastille Day, a powerful political, historical and symbolic event in France. France celebrated its national holiday Thursday with thousands of French troops marching down the Champs-Elysees Avenue in Paris alongside allies from...

Black parade culture museum reopening in New Orleans

Jul. 08, 2022 18:46 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ten months after Hurricane Ida damaged a museum celebrating New Orleans’ African American parading culture, the Backstreet Cultural Museum is reopening. A parade is planned Saturday afternoon from the original building to the new museum site just blocks away...

Cologne's Pride parade draws upwards of 1 million in Germany

Jul. 03, 2022 11:36 AM EDT

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Around 1 million people turned out for the Pride parade in the western German city of Cologne on Sunday, either to participate or to watch the colorful festivities. Around 180 LGBTQ groups and music floats took part in the parade through the city center —...