Amsterdam Canal Parade

Canal Parade

Amsterdam’s Pride celebrations get nautical on the 6th of August, around 100 boats, barges and crudely formed rafts bear a costumed party celebrating gay pride. As part of a series of events including street parties, parades and club nights between the 5th and 7th the canal parade will be at the heart of it all, this tradition started in 1995 becoming ever more popular.

It all sets off at 2PM with cast off from Westerdok, a veritable armada of bright costumes, music and dancing sails down the Prisengracht canal and Amstel before landing at Oosterdok, with crowds cheering all the way.

We strongly recommend you book your hotel soon if you intend to go to Amsterdam Gay Pride 2011, the best accommodation is snapped up fast and you’ll want to be at the very heart of the celebrations this year.

Catch the Hull to Rotterdam P&O ferry to get to Amsterdam for the Pride celebrations of 2011.

Image credit: Vincent Teeuwen

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