The boats start at the Scheepvaart museum at 12:30pm, moving towards Amstel, from there taking the Prinsengracht towards Westerdok.
This year, Amsterdam Gay Pride takes place from July 28 to August 5, with the main Canal Parade and street parties held over the weekend August 3-5.
Amsterdam Gay Pride really is one of the best Pride events out there, and it attracts a large and diverse crowd each year, with many traveling from overseas to attend!
The first weekend, on July 28, Amsterdam Gay Pride opens with the PrideWalk with around 7,000 people taking part and arriving at the Vondelpark. Sports and games take place the whole day. On August 3-4, Amsterdam Gay Pride shifts its focus to street parties; expect the city's alleyways to come alive in a sea of color and noise.
The big day, Canal Parade, comes on August 4 this year. A procession of floats on boats makes its way through the canals of Amsterdam, and is really a sight to behold. The theme this year is heroes! To finish things off in style, the Amsterdam Gay Pride closing party takes place the next day, August 5. So whether you plan to party with full commitment over the entire Pride, or you'd rather take things down a notch with just one or two events, this Pride is certainly not worth missing either way.
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