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Amsterdam Pride

Amsterdam Pride

Jul 27, 2019Aug 04, 2019
Various locations in the city centre
Amsterdam

Amsterdam Pride

The internationally renowned Amsterdam Pride returns to the Dutch capital for nine days of parties, films, exhibitions, debates and, of course, the Canal Parade! Let's hope the Dutch weather stays fine for the event because it's one of the most famous outdoor free street festivals in the country!

Celebrating diversity and acceptance

What began as a small, one-day event in Amsterdam in 1996 has expanded to a multi-day event, attracting more than 500.000 visitors from the Netherlands and abroad. 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: conflicting elements of identity, negotiating relationships between religion and sexuality, the state of transgender and bisexual people, care for LGBTQI seniors and the acceptance of various fetish communities.

The city's bars and clubs will be brimming with energy and vitality for this one-of-a-kind event.

Pride Park

On Saturday July 27, the Vondelpark will be filled with activities like a rainbow market, sports workshops and performances. Before Pride Park starts, the Pride Walk will begin by the "Homomonument" at the Westerkerk and march to the park for the event’s official opening. 

Street parties during Amsterdam Pride

Here's a street-by-street overview of street parties taking place during the final weekend of Pride (August 2-4):

  • Westermarkt: Friday, August 2 at 6pm-12am; Saturday, August 3 at 4pm-12am
  • Spuistraat 109 (Prik): Friday, August 2 at 7pm-12am; Saturday, August 3 at 4pm-12am
  • Dam: Friday, August 2 at 7pm-12am; Saturday, August 3 at 4pm-12am
  • Zeedijk: Friday, August 2 at 7pm-12am; Saturday, August 3 at 4pm-12am
  • Beursplein: Friday, August 2 at 7pm-12am; Saturday, August 3 at 4pm-12am
  • Reguliersdwarsstraat 1 (Koningsplein to Vijzelstraat): Friday, August 2 at 7pm-12am; Saturday, August 3 at 4pm-12am
  • Reguliersdwarsstraat 2: (Vijzelstraat to Rembrandtplein): Friday, August 2 at 7pm-12am; Saturday, August 3 at 4pm-12am
  • Rembrandtplein: Friday, August 2 at 7pm-12am; Saturday, August 3 at 4pm-12am
  • Utrechtsestraat 4 (Lellebel): Friday, August 2 at 7pm-12am; Saturday, August 3 at 4pm-12am
  • Stoperaplein: Friday, August 2 at 7pm-12am; Saturday, August 3 at 4pm-12am
  • Amstelveld: Friday, August 2 at 5pm-12am; Saturday, August 3 at 4pm-12am
  • Dam: Sunday, August 4 at 2pm-10pm

Amsterdam Pride Canal Parade

As with every edition, Pride presents its biggest highlight, the Amsterdam Canal Parade. This year, Amsterdam Canal parade takes place on August 3. More than 80 decorated boats 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 have various messages, such as promoting the peaceful coexistence of different religions, working for international freedom and celebrating all sexual orientations and genders. Check out the Amsterdam Pride website for more details.