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Amsterdam Pride

Amsterdam Gay Pride Parade © FaceMePLS
Amsterdam Gay Pride Parade © FaceMePLS

Amsterdam's Pride is one of Europe's most popular and well-attended 'gay pride' festivals, and takes place annually between late July and early August. For many, its highlight is the Canal Parade, in which about 75 decorated craft carry revellers along the Amstel, Stopera and Prinsengracht canals to the crowd's delight.

The festival includes a full programme of street parties, sporting events, an open-air film festival on the Nieumarkt and many cultural and theatrical events. The city's club scene also comes alive, with special events and parties held all week long. Parents may want to be selective about where they go, as the festival traditionally involves a lot of crudity and nudity. All of the main events take place in central Amsterdam. Travellers should bear in mind that the city gets very busy over Pride, and book their accommodation well in advance.

Venue: Various places throughout the city

Date: 2 to 4 August 2019

Website: www.amsterdamgaypride.nl/canal_parade