Every year in early August, Amsterdam celebrates the equality of straight, gay, lesbian and transgender people. The Canal Parade is of course the most famous event at Gay Pride in Amsterdam.
- Celebrate the equality of the LGBTI-community in Amsterdam with 500,000 other visitors.
- During the Canal Parade, more than 80 decorated boats sail on the Prinsengracht canal.
- Book your accommodation in time: hotels fill up quickly during Gay Pride.
The most famous event at Gay Pride in Amsterdam is the Canal Parade: a string of gaudily decorated boats sailing on the Prinsengracht canal and part of the Amstel. The parade is held on the first Saturday in August and draws countless visitors every year. Thousands of people stand along the canals to see the parade and celebrate equal rights for all. It is Holland’s way of showing that it welcomes and accepts of people of all sexual orientations, including gays, lesbians, and transgenders. Tip: if you want to experience the parade, be there early to find a good place along the canal so you will have a good view.
Other activities during Gay Pride in Amsterdam?
There are big parties in several places throughout the city. The Reguliersdwarsstraat in particular is crowded for a huge party. The street is well known for its countless LGBTI-friendly bars and clubs. You can also party until the early hours on Rembrandtplein, Zeedijk, and Nieuwmarkt. Gay Pride organizes a cultural program and a range of exhibitions and movie events every year. Good to know: You will find LGBTI-friendly bars and clubs in several places throughout Amsterdam, not just during Gay Pride but all year long.
Other attractions in Amsterdam
Are you visiting Amsterdam for Gay Pride and would you like to see more of the city? Why not visit the A’DAM Lookout, which offers a spectacular view of Amsterdam at 100 meters up. Want to go shopping? Shopping in Amsterdam is quite an experience. The countless museums in Amsterdam add a cultural touch to your stay in Amsterdam.
Accommodations in Amsterdam
To enjoy the Gay Pride parties and events to the fullest, it is recommended that you book your accommodation in Amsterdam early on. Most events occur within the canal ring, so a hotel in the center of Amsterdam is always a good choice. Extra special: Hotel Pulitzer on the Prinsengracht canal, to watch the Canal Parade pass by. There are also hotels that cater to LGBTI holiday makers, such as the Amistad and ITC-hotel.