Once again Amsterdam will be decorated in all the colours of the rainbow 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 the 27th of July until the 4th of August we celebrate that you can be who you are and that you can love who you love.
The opening of Pride Amsterdam takes place in the Vondelpark with various fun activities. This first part of Pride is called Pride Park. You can dance the day away at the Vondelpark Openluchttheater where various artists play their sweet melodies. There’s also a market, sports and games. Fun for everyone!
Many attractions in Amsterdam also offer exclusive activities for Pride Amsterdam. The Rijksmuseum has a special Pink Tour. There you can learn more about the history of homosexuality in the Netherlands through various works of art.
Do you prefer watching animals over art? The Artis Zoo also has a special tour for Pride Amsterdam. The tour called “Homosexuality in the animal kingdom” starts every day at 14:00 at the elephants. Did you know homosexual behaviour has been observed among 1500 bird species and mammals?
For those who rather sit and watch a performance or movie, there’s also plenty to see during Pride. The movie theatre Rialto has three pink classics including Tangerine which was shot with an iPhone 5!
On the 3rd of August, it is finally time for the Canal Parade. This year’s theme is “Remember the past, create the future”. In homage to the Stonewall riots of 1969 that inspired the first Pride Parade in New York. From all over the world people 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.
Pride Amsterdam promises to be a great festival once again filled with lots of fun activities. Take a look at their website to plan your Pride activities.
If you have to travel to Amsterdam to experience Pride we recommend booking a room at Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Centre. From its central location, you can experience all the fun activities.
You’ll be surprised!