For cultural, personal and geographical reasons, not everyone who would like to be part of a Gay Pride celebration can do so but this year, the Amsterdam Gay Pride festivities were accessible to everyone thanks to the power of the Internet. Each annual Amsterdam Gay Pride celebration features a vibrant canal parade. Colorfully decorated barges bring masses of revelers floating through the canals, with onlookers cheering from the sides -- it's essentially a gigantic floating party.
This year, one of those barges appeared to be empty, but in fact symbolically contained 67,984 "virtual passengers" from 128 countries worldwide. This was the size of the audience of the live stream that broadcast the Amsterdam Gay Pride canal parade to the world.
Through the power of technology, cultural events worldwide are opening up to huge international audiences, regardless of barriers to access and geographical limitations.