The world-famous Canal Parade on the canals of Amsterdam is one of the most memorable highlights of Pride. Spectators can watch about 80 boats representing everything from small LGBTQI+foundations to pink organisations within national multinational networks. They all cruise the city canals in elaborately decorated boats and dinghies to celebrate the past, present and future of the LGBTI community - and to show that it doesn't matter who or what you are.
Exuberant canal tour during Pride Amsterdam
The annual Canal Parade in Amsterdam is the highlight of Pride Amsterdam, where elaborately decorated barges and no less exuberant passengers take to the water whilst spectators line the banks of the city's historic waterways. Nowhere else in the world will you find a festival comparable.
On the last Saturday of Pride Amsterdam, try to find a spot along the canals as more than 80 boats sail by, on which DJs and creatively and colourfully dressed paddlers dance, sing and party.
In this way, Amsterdam celebrates the free spirit of the city, in which cisgender people, gay men, lesbian women, transgender people and every other person from the LGBTQI+ community live together. As a spectator, you can continue the party on the quays of the Prinsengracht and the Amstel.
Respect for everyone
Just like any other party, there are rules during the Canal Parade that you as a spectator and participant must adhere to. In order to improve the experience of the event and reduce environmental noise, it is not allowed to play amplified sound along the route, on moored boats, or on the shore.
If you need to make a sanitary stop, walk to one of the designated toilets. If you are accidentally caught urinating in public, you will be fined €140.
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