Amsterdam Canal Gay Pride 2017: Program, Highlights & Tips
Plan your gay travels for Amsterdam Canal Gay Pride Program Highlights Tips with coupleofmen.com! – It is time to prepare for the colorful gay pride parade in Amsterdam the year after Euro Pride under this year’s motto ‘This Is My Pride’ and this is your Pride! The canal parade as the highlight of the annually LGBTQ+ Pride Celebrations is well known all around the world for its extravagantly dressed canal boats, spectacular glitter-dance performances, and a special gay-friendly cultural Pride program. Although the parade is the highlight of Amsterdam Pride, there are far more events and celebrations planned in 2017.
As gay travel bloggers living in the capital of the Netherlands, we have a special interest in telling you all about the Amsterdam Gay Pride Program 2017. To add to that, we will talk about our highlights of the Pride Week and provide you with some tips for the best parties and where and how you can enjoy Amsterdam Pride at its best. We hope you will find all the answers to your questions about your gay travels to Amsterdam while enjoying meeting gay, lesbian, and queer people from all over the world and seeing the Dutch capital through a couple of men’s eyes. And don’t miss our best photos of the Gay Pride Amsterdam 2017 Canal Parade. Happy Amsterdam Pride 2017!
Amsterdam Pride Program Highlights ’17
July 29th, 2017 | Pride Walk & Youth Pride Walk
The annual official opening of the Amsterdam Gay Pride 2017 will be celebrated with the Pride Walk. The open-minded and colorful demonstration will start at 11 am at the Westerkerk/Homomonument. We will walk together with LGBTQ+ people and their allies from all over the world in a colorful and festive parade of love from the Homomonument to the Vondelpark. Everyone is invited to join the Pride Walk marching peacefully together and to stand up for equal human rights all over the world. After arriving at the destination, the opening event ‘Pride Park’ will start at the Vondelpark. At the same time (for the first time ever), the Gay Pride Amsterdam organization is planning together with LGBTQ+ supportive organizations a Youth Pride Walk & Park event. This special event is meant to provide young LGBTQ+ people between 12 and 26 years old) a safe opportunity to celebrate their pride during the one-week Amsterdam Gay Pride festival 2017.
- Date: Saturday, 29th of July 2017
- Get together: 11 am
- Start Pride Walk: 12 am
- Location: Homomonument / Westermarkt / Westerkerk to Vondelpark, Amsterdam
July 29th, 2017 | Pride Park – Opening Vondelpark
Last year “Roze Zaterdag” (Pink Saturday) at Vondelpark was such a great success, that there had to be a second edition to come. Under the name “Pride Park”, the Vondelpark will once again turn pink for love and will be the place to host all colors of LGBTQ+ activities. Following up the Pride Walk, the rainbow celebrations will start after 1 pm with a huge rainbow market where you can do a great gay travel shopping or just inform yourselves about gay, lesbian, and queer related organizations and societies in Amsterdam. Everyone who comes dressed in a sports outfit is invited to participate in self-defence courses or can play with other gay men and queer people some Rugby and Volleyball. Women will even be able to participate in a Volleyball tournament. Don’t miss the chance to take a selfie in one of the bicultural and lesbian photo frames all around the park in the center of Amsterdam. Young LGBTQ+ people can meet up at a silent-disco while making delicious non-alcoholic cocktails or are invited to participate in even more activities. The heart of the “Pride Park” will be the open-air theater as a stage for various artists like Shary-An Nivillac, Lois Lane, Sjors van der Panne, Janey Jacké, Diva May Day & MC Miss Bunty, The G-Team & MC DiVine and, of course, Anita Meijer especially for the Dutch LGBTQ+ guests.
- Date: Saturday, 29th of July 2017
- Get together: 13 pm
- End: 23 pm
- Location: Vondelpark, Amsterdam
July 31st to August 2nd, 2017 | Pride at the Beach
Also for the first time ever, Gay Pride Amsterdam is organizing a Pride event at the beach. On Monday, the 31st of July, the NS Pride Express will depart from Amsterdam Centraal to Zandvoort aan Zee. Zandvoort, the colorful LGBTQ+ crowd will be expected with a decorated car with music to start a parade through the village to the beach stopping at the city hall. After a welcome by the mayor, the rainbow flag will be raised. A variety of stages will provide the Pride at the Beach with music by different DJs and acts throughout the Zandvoort and along the beach. Also on Tuesday, August 1st and Wednesday, August 2nd, the village will be pink colored with diverse activities at the beach. For more information, check the Amsterdam Pride Website (bottom of this page).
- Opening Date: July 1st Pink Monday at Holland Casino & Circus Zandvoort
- Events: August 1st Big Beach Party at Mango’s
- Events: August 2nd different locations like Club Nautique, Center Parcs
August 2nd & 3rd, 2017 | Open Air Cinema
August 2nd & 3rd, 2017 at 9:30 pm – Short Movie “Scar Tissue”
Starting August 2nd, the Amsterdam Open Air Cinema will screen 3 different movies for Amsterdam Pride. And guess what: The opening movie in 2017 will be the Gay Short movie “Scar Tissue” with our beloved Daan as Johan. Read all about the short movie about the Syrian refugee Sami and his experiences of an “ordinary” gay life here in Amsterdam in “Scar Tissue” on our blog >
August 2nd – “The World Unseen” by Shamim Sarif
After the opening movie of the day Scar Tissue, the movie “The World Unseen” will be screened. About the movie: Two women meet each other in the midst of the division in South Africa and both of their worlds turned up side down. Miriam (Lisa Ray, I Can’t Think Straight) is a hardworking housewife of Indian origin. She lives in the countryside with her husband and children counting herself completely away. While having lunch at a local Cafe in Cape Town, she meets Amina (Sheetal Sheth, I Can’t Think Straight), a free-kicked woman. The World Unseen is an engaging movie about identity, races relationships and desires. Shamim Sharif based “The World Unseen”, like her movie “I Can not Think Straight”, on her own book.
August 3rd – “Girls Lost” by Alexandra-Therese Keining
After the opening short film Scar Tissue, the Swedish movie “Girls Lost” will be screened. About the movie: Kim, Bella, and Momo are inseparable friends who are regularly bullied at school. When they find a mysterious plant, their lives are about to changing completely. By drinking the nectar of this plant, the girls are changed temporarily into something unexpected. But the euphoria about the wonderful changes doesn’t last long when the new identity and unexpected feelings reveal unforeseen conflicts.
August 3rd, 2017 | Senior Pride Concert – “This is my Pride”
SeniorPride is a musical revue as a tribute to LGBT seniors on the canal in front of Paleis van de Weemoed (Palace of Nostalgia) in Amsterdam. It brings together an entire own alphabet of LGBTIQ during Pride Amsterdam 2017, asking for each letter what Pride means for them and to interpret it in a song. Furthermore, the girl group “BB Bootleg” will perform while our good friend Sven Ratzke will be the main act as a master entertainer and world star. The Bienvenue Festival welcomes the visitors of this intimate canal concert. Dj Ronnie Retro closes the evening with dance classics.
- Date: Thursday, 3rd of August 2017
- Start : 18 pm
- Location: on the canal in front of Paleis van de Weemoed (Palace of Nostalgia)
- Artists Pre-Program: Merel Moistra, Alice Wessels & Ruth Dorka, poet Ditmar Bakker, Philippe Elan, Drag Queen Dora Royale, Coby van Dam and Ferry de Ruiter
- Main Artists: Sven Ratzke, BB Bootleg, Dj Ronnie Retro
August 3rd to 5th, 2017 | On The Move – Inspired by stories of LGBT refugees
The GrossDanceCompany and Morgenster Films present the “ON THE MOVE” dance performance combined with the movie screening of “Scar Tissue” with our Daan. But what makes this event so special over Amsterdam Gay Pride 2017? The story of humankind is a story of movement, be it movement through artificially constructed borders of countries, or movement through dance. We have known how to move and we have known how to dance since we have known our humanness. ‘ON THE MOVE’ aims to unite these elements of human movement, migration, and dance. ‘What do we know’ presents the experiences of gay refugees after arriving in Europe and waiting in an asylum center. The Gay Refugee Short movie ‘Scar tissue’ is a film about what happens after the escape, when a gay refugee from Syria arrives in the big city of Amsterdam. The spectators will get a feeling about the struggles of the LGBTQ+ refugees “on the move” through the dance performance and the movie screening. Get your performance & movie tickets here >
- Performance & Movie 3rd August: 8:30 pm at Compagnietheater Amsterdam Kloveniersburgwal 50
- Performance & Movie 5th August: 20.00 – 21.30 at Transformatorhuis Westergasfabriek Klönneplein 2
August 4th, 2017 | Drag Olympics
This year’s Pride Amsterdam Drag Olympics will mark the 13th edition of the International Drag Olympics, the world’s premier sporting event for drag queens and kings in the heart of Amsterdam at the Westerkert / Homomonument. The crème de la crème of the drag athletes will battle it out for Olympic Gold. We are excited because traditional sports like the Stiletto Sprint and the Handbag Toss will be supplemented by new events. Qualified beauticians will be available to assist competitors and to be on hand for any cosmetic emergency. At 9 pm it will be time for The Afterparty with some of the finest drag DJs, MCs & performers! Free entrance and bring friends and gay-friendly allies for even more fun!
LINE-UP of the Drag Olympics 2017:
– 18:00 – 19:00 DJ Bo Monde
– 19:00 – 21:00 DRAG OLYMPICS
– 21:00 – 22:00 DJ Priszilla (Club Church)
– 22:00 – 23:00 Tranny 4/7 (Traffamafia & One Night Only)
– 23:00 – 00:00 DJ Rado (Bear Necessity / Club Church)
August 4th to 6th, 2017 | “This Is My Pride Weekend” – Dam square
Celebrate diversity on the most famous square of Amsterdam right in the city center of the Dutch capital with dancing and singing performances from Friday to Sunday. Entrance to the events at Dam square is free! More info about the line-up will come soon.
- Friday 4th of August – 4 pm to 12 am | This Is My Pride
- Saturday 5th of August – 4 pm to 12 am | This Is My Pride
- Sunday 6th of August – 2 pm to 10 pm | Official Closing Party
August 5th, 2017 – 12:30 pm to 5 pm | Canal Parade 2017 Amsterdam Pride
Pay Attention: This year’s canal pride parade 2017 will take the reverse route compared to previous years from East to West. The boats will gather around the Scheepvaart Museum and will move towards Amstel. From there the dressed canal boats will take the Prinsengracht towards Westerdok. If you are looking for the best photo opportunities, come early because the best spots are usually taken already hours before the parade an. Find your best spots along the sides of the bridges like the most popular spots the Prinsengracht and at the Magere Brug on Amstel river. For more info to get prepared for the parade, have a look on our blog for the Gay Pride Tips.
Party Tips Amsterdam Gay Pride 2017:
<< Prik Pride Street Party >>
August 4th & 5th, 2017 – 19 pm to 3 am at Spuistraat 109, 1012 SV Amsterdam
Amsterdam’s best DJ’s and MC’s will bring a happy vibe to the best gay bar of the Netherlands to celebrate our freedom and pride at one of this year’s biggest street parties!
Stage 19 pm – 21 pm: The G-Team
Stage 21 pm – 12 am: DJ Aizy
MC Divine Indoor 12 am – 3 am: DJ Popsnob. All about the Event at Prik on Facebook >
<< Club Church — (Z)onderbroek >>
August 4th & 5th, 2017 – 22 pm to 5 am at Kerkstraat 52, 1017 GM Amsterdam
Drop your pants and dance! Dress code: underwear (briefs, boxers, & jocks), swimwear, sports shorts or naked. Men only. € 12.50. All about the Event Club Church on Facebook >
<< Pride at Reguliers at Reguliersdwarsstraat >>
August 4th & 5th, 2017 – 14 pm to 12 am at Reguliersdwarsstraat
Parties and events along the Reguliersdwarstraat at Club NYX, Taboo Bar, Cafe-Club Soho and Exit Café. All about the Events at Reguliersdwarsstraat on Facebook >
<< Bear Necessity — BN Gay Pride edition at Panama >>
August 5th, 2017 – 22 pm to 5 am at Oostelijke Handelskade 4, 1019 BM Amsterdam
Bear Necessity – What started as a bear party, has become a more general gay dance party for “real men”. All about the Event Bear Necessity on Facebook >
<< Funhouse — XL Gaypride edition at WesterUnie >>
August 5th, 2017 – 22 pm to 5 am at Klönneplein 4-6, 1014 DD Amsterdam
One of the best known Gay Parties of Amsterdam takes place at WesterUnie. All about the Event Funhouse XL Gaypride on Facebook >
<< F*ng POP Queers — FPQXL! (GAYPRIDE) at Paradiso >>
August 5th, 2017 – 23 pm to 5 am at Weteringschans 6-8, 1017 SG Amsterdam
UltraSexi presents a Gay Pride Special: F*CKING POP QUEERS EXTRA LARGE at the former church Paradiso. All about the Event F*ng POP Queers on Facebook >
<< Gaypride Is Burning at De Marktkantine >>
August 5th, 2017 – 23 pm to 7 am at Jan van Galenstraat 6, Amsterdam
Saturday, August 5th Gaypride… Is BurningDe at Marktkantine. The Doors open at 23:00: Presale 16,50 € (ex fee) Door: 20,00 € pro Ticket. All about the Event Gaypride is Burning on Facebook >
<< Club NYX — 3 X NYX >>
August 4th to 6th, 2017 – 23 pm to 9 am at Reguliersdwarsstraat, Amsterdam
The club at Reguliersdwarsstraat is open until 9 in the morning every first Saturday of the month. Special Gay Pride edition from Friday to Sunday. All about the Event 3 x NYX on Facebook >
<< Rapido — Gay Pride Edtion at Paradiso >>
August 6th, 2017 – 13 pm to 2 am at Weteringschans 6-8, 1017 SG Amsterdam
Rapido is the gay circuit party in Amsterdam held at the popular concert hall Paradiso, which is an old church in the center of Amsterdam. All about the Event Rapido on Facebook >
<< Rosario – Gay Pride XXL Edition ’17 at Rosario Amsterdam >>
August 6th, 2017 – 13 pm to 2 am at Weteringschans 6-8, 1017 SG Amsterdam
One of our favorite gay parties in Amsterdam is also one of the best closing parties for Amsterdam Pride. All about the Event Rosario on Facebook >
<< Gay Sex Parties during Amsterdam Gay Pride 2017 >>
August 4th to 6th, 2017
During Amsterdam Gay Pride 2017 several gay sex parties will take place at Dirty Dicks, Eagle, Club Church and NZ Gay Sauna.
All about gay traveling Amsterdam, the Netherlands:
Amsterdam, especially in summer time, is one of the most beautiful cities of Europe. Besides the variety of museums and churches, wandering around the city’s canals and enjoying the canal boats cruising by is one of the things that makes the Dutch city in Noord-Holland so special, so magical. But can you run your own canal cruise boat? Where are the best places to go for a bike tour? What are the gay-friendly places all around Amsterdam? You can find the answers to these and more questions in our gay travel articles about Amsterdam and the Netherlands:
Websites for Amsterdam Gay Pride 2017:
– Official Website 1: pride.amsterdam
– Official Website 2: amsterdamgaypride.nl
– Facebook: facebook.com/prideamsterdam
– All about Scar Tissue: coupleofmen.com/scar-tissue
– Roze Filmagen: coupleofmen.com/rozefilmdagen
– Euro Pride 2016: coupleofmen.com/europride2016
Good to know about Gay Traveling Amsterdam:
All you need to know about Amsterdam Canal Gay Pride Program Highlights Tips! But do you know when it was first organized? It was in 1996 when the first canal parade was held and it was meant to be a festival to celebrate freedom and diversity. Knowing this, you should never forget why we still need Gay Pride Parades all over the world. Although Amsterdam and the Netherlands are considered to be the most gay-friendly places on earth, we still need to stand up for equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community worldwide. When and where is your next Gay Pride Parade?