One of the highlights in the LGBT calendar in Amsterdam is the annual Gay Pride. Many of you may have seen the Canal Parade, the famous float of boats through the canals of Amsterdam celebrating LGBT life and culture. As many as 1 million spectators line up the canals for this event, which takes place on the 2nd of August this year.
But the Gay Pride in Amsterdam is more than just having fun on or along the canals for one day a year. From 26th July till the 3rd of August over 200 events will be organised: on the streets and in parks, in popular bars and in surprising temporary venues. An overwhelming amount of events to visit. See the official AGP website for a full listing.
We’ve made our own selection of events, which we think are worth while the visit. In a series of articles we will present the hidden gems and crown jewels of this years’ Amsterdam Gay Pride.
Dance parties @ Gay Pride 2014
The official website has a lot of ‘club events’. Some of the main parties with ‘pride editions’ of Amsterdam Pride 2014 are listed below. Tickets can be bought online. We don’t mention the Rapido party here – the tickets are already sold out.
1. Cirque du Girlesque
For the ladies, Girlesque is one of the important parties.
Expect loads of sexy shows and entertainment all with a nostalgic feel and a modern twist. What you’ll get at Girlesque is glamorous stage action weaved with filthy electro, cool indie and dirty disco.
The Cirque du Girlesque Gay Pride party is held on August 1, in the club Paradiso (Weteringschans 6), near Leidseplein.
More information and tickets can be found through their Facebook page.
2. Funhouse Gay Pride 2014
The Funhouse parties (by the Rapido organizers) have become a household name in gay Amsterdam. The parties are held in the Westerunie venue in Westerpark, and amazingly popular (but at the time of writing tickets are still available!).
Saeed Ali (RUS),
Max del Principe (NL),
the O Halley Brothers (BRA)
The party is on August 2. More information and tickets can be found through their Facebook page.
3. Kiss Bang Affair Gay Pride 2014
Also on August 2 is the Kiss Bang Affair, the Gay Pride edition.
A sexy, no-nonsense gay night with friendly staff, amazing circus acts and a live video booth where you can shine! The evening will be hosted by gay duo Styn Bourlet and Chantalle Laurent.
The party is on August 2, in the ABE Club @ Amstelstraat 30, just off Rembrandtplein.
More information is on their Facebook page.