Celebrate Pride Amsterdam

Pride Amsterdam remains one of the biggest and best celebrations of gay pride around the globe. It traditionally starts on the last Saturday of July and lasts until the first Sunday of August, attracting more than 350,000 participants and visitors who stay and play in Amsterdam. The city is a vibrant rainbow of events in gay and straight venues alike, with dance parties, film screenings, sporting events, debates, exhibitions and much more. One of its most famous highlights is the world-famous Canal Parade. Learn more about the important message that drive Pride Amsterdam.

A full Pride diary

As always, Pride Amsterdam is open to all, male, female, trans or genderqueer. The city is a vibrant rainbow of events in gay and straight venues alike, with dance parties, film screenings, sporting events, debates, exhibitions and much more. The Pride diary contains over 170 events, some of which are directed to specific communities, such as the leather, trans or lesbian communities, people over 50 (Senior Pride) and younger audiences (Youth Pride). Rain or shine, head to the sandy celebrations of Pride at the Beach in Zandvoort aan Zee.

The Canal Parade and more

As Amsterdam’s famous canals are at the centre of our city’s highlights, so too is the world-famous Canal Parade where the floats actually float and the public line the canals to take in the spectacle. Similarly, there’s the Drag Queen Olympics, with events like the Stiletto Sprint, Handbag Discus and the 'Tug of Love'. Like a dressage competition, looks are as important as sporting prowess. All kings and queens are welcome on this rearranged yet even playing field. It takes place at the Homomonument, which actually turns 30 years old in 2017.

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