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Pride Amsterdam 2017

Amsterdam is painted in vibrant rainbow colors this week! Pride Amsterdam kicked off Saturday night and continues until August 6. This is one of the most fun weeks to be here thanks to all of the celebrations, street parties, outdoor concerts and over-the-top outfits you’re bound to encounter when roaming around the city center.

These vibrant flags mark the route the Canal Parade will be sailing on August 5.

My favorite part of the week is the Canal Parade. Eighty boats representing a diverse array of LGBTQ-friendly organizations will sail through the city center on Saturday August 5, starting at 1 p.m. If you are in Amsterdam, don’t miss this spectacular celebration of diversity and love. It is guaranteed to put a smile on your face, no matter what your sexual preference!


One of the many colorful boats taking part in the Canal Parade during Pride Amsterdam 2016.

Below you will find the official agenda. For more information about Pride Amsterdam, visit their website or Facebook page.


Pride festivals are happening all over the globe. What about in your neighborhood? I would love to hear more about your city’s Pride celebrations!


Pride Amsterdam Agenda

31 July – 02 August 2017 : Pride at the Beach

02 August – 03 August 2017 : Open Air Cinema

03 August 2017 : Senior Pride Concert

04 August – 06 August 2017 : Street parties

05 August 2017 : Canal Parade 2017

06 August 2017 : Closing Party at the Main Stage Dam Square


The entire city participates, even museums such as the Van Gogh Museum. In 2016, visitors walked over the Yellow Brick road to enter the exhibition halls!
The United States Consulate was decked out with one of the biggest rainbow flags in the city in 2016.
For many visitors, the Canal Parade is the highlight of the week. Though, as you can see, it is standing room only along the grachten!

Jennifer S. Alderson

Hello! I am the author of the Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery series, the Zelda Richardson Art Mystery series, and Adventures in Backpacking novels. I love to write and blog about travel, art, museums, expat life, and great books. Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. Pamela Allegretto

    How fortunate you are to live in a city that takes “pride” in all it’s citizens.

    1. Jennifer S. Alderson

      I do feel lucky, Pamela, especially in light of all that is going on in our fatherland right now. It saddens me to see the US Consulate did not hang any rainbow flags this year. I do hope things get better, sooner than later.

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