The internationally renowned Amsterdam Pride returns to the Dutch capital for nine days of parties, films, exhibitions, debates and other activities. Time to celebrate 27 years of Amsterdam Pride!
Let's rejoice because this year the famous Canal Parade is back! 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 in Amsterdam
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 2023
One of the most powerful messages of Pride celebrations has been that we should feel free to love whoever we want, and it is also important to pay homage to the fact that we should also be allowed to be whatever gender we feel is the right one for us. So, in 2023, Pride celebrates our right to express our gender identity and have full self-determination.
Programme highlights of Pride Amsterdam 2023
Here's an overview of the programme highlights of Pride Amsterdam 2023:
Canal Parade takes place on August 5, 2023. This is the cherry on top, the creme de la creme of Amsterdam Pride. Read more about it down below.
The Pride Walk is back again, happening. This major, unmissable walk kicks off with a demonstration at Dam Square.
Pride Park is also back on track in 2023, in Vondelpark. Don't miss out because there's so much happening in the park: there's the open-air theatre, the Youth Pride event, sporting events, performances, art and so much more.
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. This event has become an annual fixture in Amsterdam Pride.
Open Air Cinema
At Mercatorplein , there are open-air cinemas, each with 400 seats. And it's completely free!
Amsterdam Pride street parties
Here's where all the best Amsterdam Pride street parties are on:
Friday, August 4, 2023
- Amstelveld, 4pm-12am
- Spuistraat 109 (Prik), 4pm-12am
- Dam, 4pm-12am
- Zeedijk (Cafe Queenshead), 4pm-12am
- Beursplein (Crash), 4pm-12am
- Regulierdwarsstraat 2 (Cafe Reality), 4pm-12am
- Stoperaplein (Vrouwenfeest), 4pm-12am
- Marnixstraat 246 (Waterkant), 4pm-12am
- Thorbekeplein, 4pm-12am
Saturday August 5, 2023
- Amstelveld, 3pm-12am
- Spuistraat 109 (Prik), 3pm-12am
- Dam, 3pm-12am
- Zeedijk, 3pm-12am
- Beursplein, 3pm-12am
- Elandsstraat (Cafe Saarein), 3pm-12am
- Regulierdwarsstraat 2 (Cafe Reality), 3pm-12am
- Stoperaplein, (Vrouwenfeest), 3pm-12am
- Marnixstraat 246 (Waterkant), 3pm-12am
- Thorbekeplein, 3pm-12am
Sunday, August 6, 2023
- Closing party (Main stage) Dam, 2pm-10pm
Amsterdam Pride Canal Parade
For two years, the renowned Amsterdam Canal Parade was cancelled due to coronavirus. Being invisible during the coronavirus pandemic was never an option, so the organisation came up with a rich alternative programme, proving how unstoppable this celebration is.
But now, finally, the event that Pride is most famous for is back, restored to its former glory and is set to be the biggest highlight of Pride. More than 80 decorated boats sail along the canals carrying costumed dancers, LGBTQI+-friendly organisation representatives and statement-making, humorous decorations. The Parade attracts thousands of cheering viewers every year.
Canal Parade route and timetable 2023
Canal Parade takes place on August 5, 2023 from 12pm-6pm. Here is an outline of the route:
- Nieuwe Herengracht
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 Parade 2023!
Check out the Pride Amsterdam website and plan your visit
This year's Pride celebration will be one of a kind. Get ready for a very varied and exciting programme in Amsterdam, as well as online on the PrideTV app. Check out the Amsterdam Pride website for more details.