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Amsterdam Gay Pride

Amsterdam Gay Pride

On the 5th of August is the Amsterdam Gay Pride in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Pride, Amsterdam Gay Pride or Pride Amsterdam is a citywide queer festival held annually at the center of Amsterdan during the first weekend of August. The festival attracts several hundred-thousand visitors each year and is one of the largest publicly held annual events in the Netherlands.

Amsterdam Pride was first organized in 1996, meant as a festival to celebrate freedom and diversity. It was therefore not like many other Gay Prides which began as demonstrations for equal rights. The latter purpose served another event, which is called Pink Saturday (Dutch: Roze Zaterdag) since 1979 and is held in a different city each year since 1981.

The peak of the festival is during the Canal Pride, a parade of boats of large variety on the first Saturday of August, which is today, sailing through the canals in the centre of Amsterdam. In 2014, the first Jewish boat and the first Moroccan boat participated in the Amsterdam Pride Canal Parade. Dana International was on the Jewish boat, as well as the Fokkens twins (Louise Fokkens and Martine Fokkens), who are famous in the Netherlands for having worked 50 years as sex workers in Amsterdam's Red Light District before their retirement earlier in 2014. Marianne van Praag, a Reform rabbi from The Hague, was the only rabbi aboard the Jewish boat.

The Amsterdam Gay Pride usually spans a week of various activities for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, including exhibitions, cultural and sport events. There are also street parties in the streets where there's a concentration of gay bars, like Regulierdwarsstraat, Zeedijk, Warmoesstraat and alongside the river Amstel. On the famous Rembrantplein there's a closing party on the Sunday after the Canal Parade.

It is a huge hysterical party and everyone is welcome to join the celebrations.


This weekend 15% discount on all the Colour your Life keys with the discount code PRIDE

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