Pride isn’t going anywhere

Pride Canal Parade 2018

Like most things this year, Amsterdam Pride isn’t what we’re used to. With no rainbow-painted crowds, confetti canons, Milkshake Festival, Drag Olympics, Pride Walk or sold-out afterparties, it does feel like the most colourful celebration on the calendar is cancelled. But it’s going to take more than a pandemic to dampen the pride of the most liberal city in the world. Here’s how to show your love for all kinds of love at a 1.5-metre distance.

Fly free

Canal Parade Flag Canal Houses Alphons Nieuwenhuis

While the streets of Amsterdam won’t see our best rainbow outfits, slogan tees and glitter this year, Amsterdam Pride are encouraging residents to fly a rainbow flag from their window in an act of solidarity. The flags will create a visual reminder that the spirit of pride is alive and well in the Dutch capital. The Westertoren will continue its tradition of flying a 25-metre rainbow flag from its tower. And, this year the City of Amsterdam has adopted the more inclusive Progress Pride Flag, including the arrow-shaped addition of black and brown stripes and the transgender flag colours.

25 July– Sunday 2 Aug // Raise your rainbow flag

Speaking of flags

Do you know your pansexual flag from your non-binary flag? As an alterative to the Pride Walk (cancelled due to coronavirus measures), the Find All Flags tour is a fun way to educate yourself on the various flags used by groups within the LGBTI community. Visit the Pink Point on Westermarkt to collect a map of the 5-kilometre route and a special pride pin. QR codes will explain the significance of the flags and their locations. 25 July-Sunday, 2 August

25 July-Sunday, 2 August // Find All Flags Saturday

Dolly spills the LGB-Tea

Dolly Bellefleur at The Grand

Dolly Bellefleur’s LGBTEA party at Sofitel Legend The Grand is one of the few events of the Pride calendar to still go ahead under COVID-19 safety measures. It’s a luxe high tea promising sparkling performances, “protest songs”, extravagant costumes and cake stands piled with deliciousness. Tickets are selling fast – book yours.

Friday 24, Saturday, 25 and Sunday, 26 July // Dolly’s LGBTEA Party at The Grand

Roze Filmdagen Redux

Todos Cambiamos

Amsterdam’s LGBTQ film festival was cancelled in March but it’s back for a five-day Pride special. Screening a series of feature films and shorts, the festival takes a cinematic look at the stories that champion love and resilience over everything.

25 July, 29 August and 18, 19 and 20 September // Roze Filmdagen Redux


Gay Pride 2016

In an effort to digitise the spirit of Amsterdam Pride, Pride TV will broadcast special programming filmed in the theatre of Amsterdam’s OBA. The schedule will cover special events like the Find All Flags tour and Flags of Shame exhibition on Dam square. Tune in on or via cable on OUTtv.

25 July-2 August // Pride TV LIVE

Your neighbourhood bar

If you can do so safely (stay at home if you feel unwell, keep a 1.5-metre distance, disinfect your hands and follow the venue’s guidelines), you can show your support for your local community bar – assisting the hospitality industry which is feeling the strain of coronavirus measures. The terraces at Prik, Pamela, Amstel 54 and all along Reguliersdwarsstraat are a good place to start.

Dykes on Bikes

An integral part of Amsterdam Pride, the 12th annual Dykes on Bikes tour will still go ahead on Sunday, 26 July. The group will ride a 150-kilometre route of quiet roads. All levels of experience are welcome – sign up to get involved.

Sunday, 26 July // Dykes on Bikes tour

For more tips check out our interview with Jennifer Hopelezz.