The world-known Amsterdam Gay Pride returns to town in early August to celebrate LGBTQ equality and light up the city streets in all colors of the rainbow. For nine days from the 29th of July, Amsterdam offers a full schedule of parties, exhibitions, concerts, movie screenings, debates and other events.
Let’s take a look at the highlights of the celebration. Most of the events are open-air and free, and everyone is welcome.
Amsterdam Gay Pride 2017 starts with the Pride Walk on July 29th at 11 AM next to the Homomonument. Under the motto ‘Marching for those who cannot join us’, people with banners and flags will march in support of individuals at risk in the 76+ countries with anti-LGBTQ laws. Would you like to help with the organization of the Pride Walk and raise awareness for LGBTQ rights? Make a donation on their official website.
The Pride Walk route goes through the Rozengracht, the Marnixstraat, the Leidseplein and the Stadhouderskade, ending up in the Vondelpark with the Pride Park. The Vondelpark celebration includes the outdoor theater, music, dance, sports activities and the rainbow market.
31 July – 2 August
This year, Amsterdam Gay Pride celebration is taken to the seaside for the very first time! Pride at the Beach takes place in Zandvoort and kicks off with the Beach Parade at 15:00 on July 31st. See here for the detailed program and the line-up of the festival. To get to Zandvoort, catch a special Pride Express departing from Amsterdam Centraal.
The Canal Parade is the most spectacular event on the Amsterdam Gay Pride agenda, and this year it features exactly 80 organizations. Making their way through the canals of Amsterdam on boats, the participants put on a show with music, costumes and performances, which attracts thousands of spectators. Make sure to come early if you’d like to get a spot! The canals get super crowded in no time.
The parade starts at the Oosterdok at 13:00 and goes via the Nieuwe Herengracht, the Amstel and the Prinsengracht with the final stop at the Westerdok at 17:00.
Finally, there is going to be a closing party on Dam Square on August 6th, starting at 14:00. The entrance is free.
See here for the rest of the events taking place in Amsterdam over the course of the Amsterdam Gay Pride celebration.