Amsterdam's Gay Pride festival weekend is among the best on the planet. In a city that really knows how to party - anyone who's experienced Koninginnedag aka Queens Day in Amsterdam will testify - Amsterdam's historic centre becomes one big celebration of Gay Pride, with the whole city joining in the fun.
The absolute highlight of Amsterdam's Gay Pride event, and hugely popular with the local Amsterdammers, is the famous Canal Parade, which involves anything up to 100 spectacular floats (usually elaborately converted barges) floating downstream through Amsterdam's canals. All the main Amsterdam city institutions are represented with floats from the Fire Brigade, the City Council and even the Dutch banks Rabo and ING have their own floats - as thousand of canal-side bystanders watch the fun and join in the party. Simply unbeatable entertainment!
Through out the weekend, there are round-the-clock events and literally hundreds of street parties!
You can get full details of all the Gay Pride events throughout the weekend from the team at Pink Point!
Friday night kicks off with the Reguliersdwaarsstraat party and a party at the Westermarkt (location of Amsterdam's symbolic gay monument) which usually involves the Drag Queen Race.
On Saturday afternoon, the Canal Parade begins at 14.00 and goes on until around 18.00. The Parade route begins outside the Central Station, moves down along the Prinsengracht, turning left at the Amstel River and finishing at the Oosterdok (Eastern Dock). Book your canal side spot early - if the weather is fine expect up to 500,000 spectators!
Full details of all the Gay Pride events throughout the weekend are available from the friendly team at Pink Point. The Pink Point kiosk is located next to Amsterdam’s Gay Monument on the Westermarkt.
Open daily - 10.00 to 18.00.
As is the norm in Amsterdam on party days like this - anyone who can beg or borrow a boat takes to the water - the chaotic scenes on the water are entertainment in itself!
Book early as Gay Pride Weekend is one of Amsterdam's busiest!
Shopping: Amsterdam is a great shopping city! You might like to visit our shopping guides and take a virtual tour of our featured shops in city's most exciting shopping areas and discover some great shops - and we don't mean the high street kind! Our hand-drawn maps cover Central Amsterdam
as well as local 'village' areas such as the charming Nine Streets
, the vibrant Jordaan
and the elegant Museum Quarter