About Amsterdam Pride 2019
One of the biggest gay events in the world, Amsterdam Pride takes place late July into early August annually, featuring a number of parties and events, and of course, the Pride Parade.
The week kicks off by inviting the entire LGBTI community to participate in the Pride Walk. Gay and lesbian attendees will be treated to a number of speeches and performances during a rally-style event before walking together to Pride in the Park. More performances are featured here in a relaxed, yet exciting atmosphere filled with music and the ever-popular Rainbow Market. Local businesses and organizations will be set up to provide food and plenty of shopping opportunities.
The Milkshake Festival is the first of many outdoor street parties. Featuring plenty to eat and drink, this party boasts a swimming pool, lively dance performances, carnival rides, and unforgettable costumes.
Street parties are held throughout the city of Amsterdam. These parties are at the core of this massive gay pride celebration, and each location has something to offer for all types of attendees.
Those looking for a quieter atmosphere will find an abundance of opportunities, most notably at Reguliersdwarsstraat. There are no stages or outdoor bars here so attendees can participate in more conversational get-togethers.
Crash is another street party location and is geared towards the fetish community. Hosted by the city's fetish and leather businesses, attendees can gather with like-minded members of the community for an all-inclusive party. Meanwhile, the lesbian community will call Saarein and Paardenstraat home for the weekend.
One of the premier events of the weekend is the Pride Drag Queen Olympics. Athletes from around the globe descend on Amsterdam to participate in a number of events, including volleyball, hula hoop, the stiletto sprint, and much more. There is even an opening ceremony, flame-lighting, and medal awards.
The cornerstone of Amsterdam Pride is the Canal Parade. This pride parade is unique to Amsterdam in that it literally takes place on the water. Instead of street floats, participants dress up their boats and sail along the canal to the delight of hundreds of thousands of LGBTI community members and their allies. The city and surrounding areas take this opportunity to highlight the level of growing support for the entire community and feature business, political, and government displays of acceptance and support. Community organizations also proudly display their causes in an effort to gain support and notoriety. The street parties continue after the parade ends, most notably at Amstelveld, Rembrandtplein, and Dam Square which is home to the main stage.
The annual pride parade is among the largest in the world, highlighting the fact that gay pride is alive and well in the Netherlands and continuing to grow.