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Pride Amsterdam 2021: Program, Highlights, Tips

Pride Amsterdam 2021: Program, Highlights, Tips

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[edgtf_dropcaps type=”normal” color=”#3f6557″ background_color=””]P[/edgtf_dropcaps]lan your gay travels for Gay Pride Amsterdam with! – It is time to prepare for the colorful gay pride parade in Amsterdam two years after Euro Pride under this year’s motto ‘Remember the Past – Create the Future’! 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 2021.

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 2021. To add to that, we will talk about our highlights of 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 2021 Canal Parade. Happy Pride Amsterdam 2021!

Due to the current situation, Pride Amsterdam 2020 was canceled!

See you all in 2021!

> Click here for our 30 photos of the Amsterdam Gay Pride 2018 <<

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(Gay) Amsterdam Pride Highlights 2021

Pride Walk  & Youth Pride Walk

The official start of the Gay Pride Amsterdam Week 2021 will be celebrated with the annual 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 2021. More Infos: Official Facebook Event Page >

  • Date: 2021
  • Get together: xx am
  • Start Pride Walk: xx pm
  • Location: Homomonument / Westermarkt / Westerkerk to Vondelpark, Amsterdam



Pride Park Opening Vondelpark

The so-called “Roze Zaterdag” (Pink Saturday) at Vondelpark was such a great success in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, that there had to be more editions 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 from the Homomonument to Vondelpark, the rainbow celebrations will start after 2 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. Last year, everyone who came dressed in a sports outfit is invited to participate in self-defense 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. In 2017, we had the chance to take selfies in one of the bicultural and lesbian photo frames all around the park in the center of Amsterdam. Young LGBTQ+ people can meet up in a special Youth Pride area. The heart of the “Pride Park” will be the main stage and open-air theater for this year’s Pride Ball by Mother Vineyard, Pride Ambassador 2019, Mother of the House of Vineyard and Pioneer of the Dutch Ballroom Scene. More Infos: Official Facebook Event Page >

  • Date: 2021
  • Get together: xx pm
  • End: xx pm
  • Location: Vondelpark, Amsterdam


Pride at the Beach

In 2017 for the first time ever, Gay Pride Amsterdam organized a Pride event at the beach, and it will happen this year again! Everyone is invited to celebrate Pride at the Beach, a colorful three days LGBTQ+ festival in Zandvoort as part of Pride Amsterdam. Join the parties in Zandvoort, for fun, sun & diversity. There will be a parade, music, culture like the Art With Pride: Pride & Prejudice exhibition at the Zandvoorts Museum, a beach walk, art, drag queens, yoga, films like the movie RIOT at Circus Zandvoort, the Queen of the Beach: Songtrafestival and more. All about the Event: Official Facebook Pride at the Beach Page >

  • Opening Date: 2021
  • Closing Date: 2021


Open Air Cinema

Pride Amsterdam invites you to visit the Mecatorplein (western part of Amsterdam) to attend the Open Air Cinema days 2021. There are 400 seats at your disposal, so don’t be late! Please note, this year we have changed location, this year for the first time the Open Air Cinema on the Mercatorplein in West. More Infos: Official Facebook Event Page >

Opening Program: 
2021 (OBA, Mercatorplein)

New York LHBTIQ+ activist Victoria Cruz talks to activists from Amsterdam, led by day chairman and NRC columnist Clarice Gargard. Look for more information on the event page ‘LHBTIQ + activist Victoria Cruz opens Pink Film nights‘.

Main Program
• xx pm: Openings address Victoria Cruz, Councilor Rutger Groot Wassink, and district chairman Fenna Ulichki
• xx pm: Special Ballroom-act (dance)
• xx pm: Short film ‘Happy birthday, Marsha!’
• xx pm: Award-winning Documentary ‘Paris is Burning’



Senior Pride Concert

SeniorPride Productions presents “To friendship such an endless desire”. A concert where troubadours will occur with Dutch songs. Because every generation seeks friendship, love, intimacy, affection and a community, the SeniorPride Concert wants to be this community where friendship is experienced and celebrated, where different generations meet in the songs that are played by the artists Lenny Kuhr, Mieke Stemerdink, Jan Rot, Mariska van Kolck, Jordy van Loon, and Merel Moistra and where parties are celebrated with Ria Valk, De Poppers, girl group BB Bootleg and our DJs Bo Monde and Ronnie Retro. The whole event is connected by choreographies by Raoulala and the Dumas Dancers and Mario Magic who present the concert. In addition to the concert, SeniorPride is now the largest reunion of Pride Amsterdam. The concert is given on one of the most enchanting squares in Amsterdam: the Nieuwmarkt. And is specially organized for pink seniors, local residents, and anyone who longs for friendship. More Infos: Official Facebook Event Page >


Drag Olympics Homomonument

This year’s Pride Amsterdam Drag Olympics will mark the 15th edition of the International Drag Olympics, the world’s premier sporting event for drag queens and kings in the heart of Amsterdam at the Westerkerk / Homomonument starting at 7 pm. 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! Our Tip: Be on time for a good spot! More Infos: Official Facebook Event Page >

Program 16th edition International Drag Olympics 2021
Hosted by Lolo Benzina and Evalyn Eatdith:

xx: Opening Ceremony, introduction of the contestants
xx: Arrival of Jennifer Hopelezz with Olympic Flame
xx: Stiletto Sprint
xx: Handbag Toss
xx: Show
xx: Hula Hoop
xx: Bitch Volleyball
xx: Ahow
xx: Surprise game
xx: Awarding the Gold Medal 2021 Drag Olympic

Be on time to get a good spot! The party will start at 6 pm until midnight, while the Drag Olympics will take place from 7 pm to 9 pm.


HeBiHo VrijMiBo & Our LOVE

Yes! Amsterdams Largest Open Air Friday MIddag BOrrel is hopefully happening again on the day before the Canal Parade Amsterdam 2021. Free admission and lots of great artists!

Joost van Bellen
Disco Dolly Soundsystem
Disko Dinozò

The HeBiHo VrijMiBo is part of Pride Amsterdam 2019 – Official and is celebrate that you can be who you are and may love who you want. It is the first day of our two-day party on the Amstelveld, because the day after it is time for Our Love 2019! More about the events: Official Facebook Page >


Canal Parade 2021 Amsterdam

>> 12:30 pm Oosterdok to 18:30 pm Westerdock <<

Pay Attention: This year’s canal pride parade 2021 will take the reverse route again compared to the years before 2017 from East to West from the Oosterdok over the  Nieuwe Herengracht over the Amstel River over the Prinsengracht to the Westerdok. 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 Gay Pride Amsterdam, 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 Gay Pride Amsterdam 2021:

Prik Pride Street Party

August 2nd, 2019 at 7 pm & August 3rd, 2018 at 4 pm at Spuistraat 109, 1012 SV Amsterdam
Amsterdam’s best DJ’s and MC’s will bring a happy vibe to the best gay bar PRIK of the Netherlands to celebrate our freedom and pride at one of this year’s biggest street parties!

Check Facebook Event for Party Line Up! Events at Prik on Facebook >


Club Church — (Z)onderbroek

August 2nd & 3rd, 2019 – 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 >


Street Pride at Reguliersdwarsstraat

August 3rd & 4th, 2019 – 11 pm to 9 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 3rd, 2019 – 10 pm to 5 am at Oostelijke Handelskade 4, 1019 BM Amsterdam
Bear Necessity – What started as a simple bear party, has become a more general gay dance party for “real men” or at least people (mostly men) who like beards and furry. To be honest, Bear Necessity is one of our favorite gay parties here in Amsterdam. The atmosphere is always very relaxed with body positive-minded guys who like to give big hugs. But don’t you worry, the party is also very sexy with men mostly geared up in their harnesses and jockstraps. The party has been hosted at several venues over the years but it looks like it has found its base at Panama, a waterside warehouse club on the Oostelijke Handelskade. It might not be the most close-by dance option during your Pride weekend here in Amsterdam but it is definitely worth the bike ride! Ow and did we tell you about the darkroom balustrade on the second floor? Bearded hairy guys and their lovers won’t be disappointed by this BN Gay Pride Edition! All about the Event Bear Necessity on Facebook >


Funhouse — XXL Gay Pride Edition at WesterUnie, GasHouder + TransformatorHuis and WesterLiefde

August 3rd, 2019 at 8 pm to August 5th, at 9 am 2018 at 9 am at Klönneplein 4-6, 1014 DD Amsterdam
One of the best known Gay Parties of Amsterdam is Funhouse. This year with an XXL edition in 4 locations at WesterUnie, GasHouder + TransformatorHuis and WesterLiefde. All about the Event Funhouse XxL Gaypride on Facebook >


FPQXL (Pride) — FPQXL! (GAY PRIDE) at Paradiso

August 3rd, 2019 – 11 pm to 5 am at Weteringschans 6-8, 1017 SG Amsterdam
UltraSexi presents a Gay Pride Special: FPQ EXTRA LARGE IS LOST IN SPACE! at the former church Paradiso. All about the Event F*ng POP Queers on Facebook >


Pride Is Burning Gay nights at De Marktkantine

August 3rd, 2019 from 11 pm to 7 am & August 4th, 2019 from 11 pm to 7 am at Jan van Galenstraat 6, Amsterdam
Gay Pride… Is Burning and Dekmantel Is Burning at Marktkantine. The Doors open at 23:00 pm and come as you are! All about the Event Gay Pride is Burning on Facebook >


Club NYX — 3 X NYX

August 4th to 5th, 2019 – 11 pm to 9 am at Reguliersdwarsstraat, Amsterdam
The club at Reguliersdwarsstraat is open until 9 am every first Saturday of the month. Special Gay Pride edition from Saturday to Sunday. All about the Event 3 x NYX on Facebook >


Rapido — Gay Pride Edtion at Paradiso

Rapido: August 4th, 2019 at 3 pm to August 5th, 2019 at 2 am at Weteringschans 6-8, 1017 SG Amsterdam
Afterparty: August 5th from 1 am to 10 am at WesterUnie – Klönneplein 4-6 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 at Vondelpark

August 4th, 2019 – 1 pm to 9 pm at Weteringschans 6-8, 1017 SG Amsterdam
One of our other favorite free and open gay parties in Amsterdam is also one of the best closing parties for Amsterdam Pride for the 4th time already! Unfortunately this year the organization had to decide for selling tickets due to capacity reasons since this good summer vibes party simply became too popular for its location at Proeflokaal ‘t Blauwe Theehuis. All tickets were sold within one day, with a small part of the tickets available at the door. So set an alert for next year and make sure you are one of the first to snatch those tickets hun! All about the Event Rosario on Facebook >


Gay Sex Parties during Amsterdam Gay Pride 2020

August 3rd to 5th, 2019 
During Amsterdam (Gay) Pride 2019 several gay sex parties will take place at Dirty Dicks, Eagle, Club Church, and, of course, the NZ Gay Sauna.


All about traveling Amsterdam, the Netherlands:

Amsterdam, especially in the summer time, is one of the most beautiful cities in 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 on 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:

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Websites for Gay Pride Amsterdam 2021:

– Official Website 1:
– Official Website 2:
– Facebook:
– All about Scar Tissue:
– Roze Filmagen:
– Euro Pride 2016:

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?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/6″][vc_column_text]


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Wednesday 23rd of May 2018

Great post!, this helped me to make my decision to participate in the 2018 pride!!, really looking forward for it and for your post and tips for this years pride! thank you guys, love your blog :)

Daniel Cohen

Monday 24th of July 2017

Stefan Thiele, George Fanzio, Eliahu Cohen

George Fanzio

Monday 24th of July 2017

Eliahu Cohen

Monday 24th of July 2017


Stefan Thiele

Monday 24th of July 2017

Thanks =)

Diederik Broekhuizen

Monday 24th of July 2017

Oh dank voor de vermelding van Rosario - Gay Pride XXL - Festival Edition <3

Couple of Men

Monday 24th of July 2017

Sure! we hope to see you there! <3