All the colours of the rainbow take over Amsterdam for Pride Amsterdam. Which is so much more than the Canal Parade on the first Saturday of August. It’s a festival that lasts for nine days. From July 30 until August 7, we celebrate that you can be who you are and you can love who you love.
At Pride Amsterdam, gender identity is the main topic. This is because of the struggle that waged in past decades to ‘be allowed to love who we want’. Pride Amsterdam is a symbol for ‘being allowed to be how we feel’. To bring this to the attention, the focus this edition is on ‘My Gender, My Pride’. After 25 years of focusing on sexual orientations, the organisation has shifted its focus.
The Amsterdam Pride Week is kicked off by the Pride Walk. From Dam Square, a group will depart to the Vondelpark for the annual demonstration for equal rights of the global rainbow community. On July 30 at 12:00 the Pride Walk starts.
The grand opening of Pride Amsterdam takes place in the Vondelpark with various fun activities. The first part of Pride is called Pride Park and will be all about love. From 11:00 there will be activities for young and old. Watch various performances, listen to impressive speeches and visit the ‘Rainbow Market’. Several organizations from the LGBTQ community will exhibit their booths there.
From August 3 to August 7, there are many Pride street parties all over the city. For example, on August 3 the All Colors East Festival will be held on Javaplein. On August 7, the Pride is closed de Dam.
Do you fancy a beach party? Then you can visit the Pride at the Beach from July 31 to August 2. This three-day event in Zandvoort is not only set up for the LGBTQ community, but also for modern tourists. There are several activities to do during these three days that focus on art, culture, infotainment, and education.
Furthermore, you will find dozens of cultural events throughout Amsterdam during Pride Amsterdam. Visit a theater, exhibition or film. Listen to the diverse range of music or admire photography.
On August 6, it is finally time for the much awaited Canal Parade, the first one in 3 years! People from all over the world come to watch the 80 beautiful boats that make up the parade. So if you want a good spot it’s best to go early. The world famous boat parade starts at 12:00 and will end around 18:00.
Pride Amsterdam promises to be a great festival with more than 300 activities. Take a look at their website to plan your Pride activities.