Amsterdam Gay Pride is one of the most popular yearly events in Amsterdam. The Canal parade is the most famous and popular part of the Gay Pride but there’s a lot more to do.
The Gay Pride festival opens at July 29th with the Pride Walk and Pride Park. The Pride Walk is themed ‘Marching with Pride’ and will be a lively parade with respect for the gay community in places where being gay is a crime. Later, starting at 13:00, there’ll be a number of different activities in the Vondelpark.
Pride at the Beach
For the first time in the history of the Amsterdam Gay Pride, this year the event will extend to ‘Amsterdam Beach’ which is at Zandvoort. From July 31st to August 2nd, there fill be a diversity of festivities at Amsterdam Zandvoort Beach.
On Monday the 31st of July the Pride at the Beach event will start off with a special Pride at the Beach Parade. The rainbow flag will be hoisted over the town hall while the deputy mayor of Zandvoort gives the opening speech. Several artists will perform this day.
The Beach Festival takes place on Tuesday August 1st. Again, another delightful lineup of performing artists and events at a variety of beach clubs.
The Pride at the Beach festival will end on August 2nd with a beach party at Club Nautique. The day will be concluded by a fireworks display at Holland Casino.
The main event, the Canal Parade, will take place on Saturday the 5th of August. The first boat leaves around 13:00 from Oosterdok and will arrive at Westerdok via Nieuwe Herengracht, Amstel and Prinsengracht. About 80 boats will participate in the Canal Parade.
Amsterdam Gay Pride 2017 ends with a Closing Party at Dam Square.
You can find the entire program on the official website of Pride Amsterdam.