The internationally renowned Amsterdam Pride returns to the Dutch capital for nine days of parties, films, exhibitions, debates and other activities. Time to celebrate 25 years of Amsterdam Pride!
This year the famous Canal Parade is cancelled, but there is a dynamic programme taking place! Let's hope the Dutch weather stays fine for the outdoor part of the event because it's one of the most famous festivals on the Amsterdam events calendar!
Celebrating diversity and acceptance
What began as a small, one-day event in Amsterdam in 1996 has expanded to a multi-day festival, attracting more than 500.000 visitors from the Netherlands and abroad. The city's bars and clubs are typically brimming with energy and vitality for this one-of-a-kind celebration. Initially founded as a way to provide visibility, Pride has become increasingly inclusive, addressing various issues within the LGBTQI community.
Issues that the event focuses on include identity, acceptance, emancipation and equality. Achieving visibility and diversity is one of the main aims of the organisation, and this is achieved by organising events in public spaces.
Pride Amsterdam 2021
Due to coronavirus measures, the main event, the Canal Parade, had to be cancelled. Being invisible during the coronavirus pandemic was not an option, so the organisation came up with a rich alternative programme, including an open-air cinema, an exhibition and many other events. Here's an overview:
MOREPIXX photography exhibition
The winning and nominated photos in the MOREPIXX international gay fetish photography competition will be exhibited at Ramses Shaffy Huis during Amsterdam Pride.
Open Air Cinema
At Mercatorplein and Polderheuvel, there are open-air cinemas, each with 400 seats, on August 2-5 from 9pm-11.30pm. And it's completely free!
Avid swimmers take to the Amstel once again! There's limited registration, so that swimmers can keep a safe distance in line with coronavirus rules. Register on the Amsterdam Pride website.
Amsterdam Pride street parties
It's important that health and safety measures are strictly adhered to during the street parties. Here's where all the best Amsterdam Pride street parties are on:
Wednesday August 4, 2021
- All Colours East, Javaplein, 3pm-10pm
Thursday August 5, 2021
- Senior Pride, Nieuwmarkt, 5pm-11pm
Friday August 6, 2021
- Westermarkt, 6pm-12am
- Spuistraat 109 (Prik), 7pm-12am
- Dam, 7pm-12am
- Zeedijk, 7pm-12am
- Beursplein, 7pm-12am
- Regulierdwarsstraat 1 (Koningsplein – Vijzelstraat), 7pm-12am
- Regulierdwarsstraat 2 (Vijzelstraat – Rembrandtplein), 7pm-12am
- Rembrandtplein, 7pm-12am
- Utrechtsestraat 4 (Lellebel), 7pm-12am
- Stoperaplein, 7pm-12am
- Amstelveld, 4pm-11pm
- Rokin North, 7pm-12am
- Kerkstraat 4, 7pm-12am
- Albert Cuypstraat 124, 7pm-12am
Saturday August 7, 2021
- Westermarkt, 4pm-12am
- Spuistraat 109 (Prik), 4pm-12am
- Dam, 4pm-12am
- Zeedijk, 4pm-12am
- Beursplein, 4pm-12am
- Elandsstraat/Hazenstraat, 4pm-12am
- Regulierdwarsstraat 1 (Koningsplein – Vijzelstraat), 4pm-12am
- Regulierdwarsstraat 2 (Vijzelstraat – Rembrandtplein), 4pm-12am
- Rembrandtplein, 4pm-12am
- Utrechtsestraat 4 (Lellebel), 4pm-12am
- Stoperaplein, 4pm-12am
- Amstelveld, 4pm-12am
- Rokin North, 4pm-12am
- Neveritaweg (Pllek – Amsterdam-North), 4pm-12am
- Kerkstraat 4, 4pm-12am
- Albert Cuypstraat 124, 4pm-12am
Sunday August 8, 2021
- Pride Closing Party, Dam, 2pm-10pm
Amsterdam Pride Canal Parade
On an ordinary year, Pride presents its biggest highlight, the Amsterdam Canal Parade. This year, however, Amsterdam Canal parade has been cancelled to help prevent the further spread of coronavirus. Usually, more than 80 decorated boats would sail along the canals carrying costumed dancers, LGBTQ-supportive organisation representatives and statement-making, humorous decorations. The Parade attracts thousands of cheering viewers every year.
Participating boats typically have various messages, such as promoting the peaceful coexistence of different religions, working for international freedom and celebrating all sexual orientations and genders. Let's look forward to Canal Parades of the near future!
Check out the Pride Amsterdam website
This year's Pride celebration will be one of a kind. The special "Corona Edition" has a very varied and exciting programme in Amsterdam and online. Check out the Amsterdam Pride website for more details.