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Jewish Float To Sail In Amsterdam's Gay Pride Canal Parade

A participant waves a rainbow flag during the annual Canal Parade at Prinsengracht in Amsterdam, Saturday Aug. 3, 2013. Rainb
A participant waves a rainbow flag during the annual Canal Parade at Prinsengracht in Amsterdam, Saturday Aug. 3, 2013. Rainbow flags are flying from scores of buildings as tens of thousands of festival-goers, many dressed in pink or wearing studded leather, party it up at one of the city's biggest events: the annual Gay Pride celebration. (AP Photo/Margriet Faber)

Amsterdam's annual gay pride Canal Parade will take place on August 2, and one Jewish float will be joining its fleet of nearly 80 boats.

Exodays, a Jewish LGBT group based in Amsterdam, is organizing the float, as well as a Shabbos dinner the evening preceding the parade.

On its website the group writes:

EXODAYS believes that sexual diversity and Jewishness go hand in hand. Throughout history, Amsterdam has been a city where Jews took refuge, escaping oppression and experiencing freedom. For centuries Jews have contributed to the rich history of Amsterdam, often called the Jerusalem of the North.

British actor Stephen Fry tweeted his support to Exodus and the Jewish float, saying:

The Jewish float will be joined on the canal by the parade's first float for Moroccan gays, the Jewish Daily Forward reports.

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