Amsterdam Gay Pride 2017 and its’ Highlights Old and new traditions

Amsterdam Gay Pride 2017 is coming up from July 29th till August 6th. Two weeks long Amsterdam and some places around it, will be filled with all kinds of activities by and for the LGBTQI+ community. The amount of activities is so great, that we at GayLINC make a series of articles to highlight some noteworthy events. This article focuses on the traditional highlights of Amsterdam Gay Pride: the established ones and the newly started.

Pride Walk

  • July 29th
  • 11AM
  • Homomonument (start), Vondepark (finish)
  • Free

The now traditional start of Amsterdam Gay Pride is the Pride Walk. This may not be as well known as the famous Canal Parade, but this pedestrian demonstration packs its’ own punch. It is more diverse and political than the Canal Parade. But still colorful, fun and poignant. Many local and national LGBTQI organizations are mobilising their members to join and let the voices of the LGBTQI community be heard.

This years’ Pride Walk highlights the plight of LGBTQI people in the 76 countries were being gay is still legally punishable. Upon arrival the Pride Walk will evolve into the Pride Park event, where you can enjoy artists performing and LGBTQI organizations presenting themselves.

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Homomonument

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Homomonument 52.374342, 4.884624 Homomonument Monument in commemoration of persecution of homosexuals. The monument consists of 3 large pink marble triangles, together forming a larger triangle. The pink triangle was used in the Nazi concentration camps to mark homosexuals (similar to the yellow star for Jews). On the monument you can read a text \'Naar vriendschap zulk een mateloos verlangen\' (To friendship such an endless desire). This is a famous quote of the gay (and Jewish) poet Jacob Israël de Haan. The monument (created in 1987) attracts many gay visitors from all over the world. One of the triangles sticks out into the Keizersgracht canal. Often you will find flowers laid here by visitors. Website: http://www.homomonument.nl Homomonument, one of the 3 pink marble triangles

Beach Pride

  • July 31st until August 2nd
  • Full day events
  • Mostly free

Amsterdam Gay Pride 2017 at the BeachA new ‘tradition’ at the Amsterdam Gay Pride is the Beach Pride. At 30 minutes by train from Amsterdam, the seaside resort of Zandvoort is also known as Amsterdam Beach. For the first time this year the Amsterdam Gay Pride will visit the sea from July 31st till August 2nd. The organizers hope this will be the first edition of many years of Beach Pride.

On Monday, July 31st, the Dutch railways will run a special Pride Express train to bring LGBT visitors from Amsterdam to Zandvoort. The festival will kick off at 15.00 with the special Pride at the Beach Parade. A colorful parade will lead everybody along the boulevard and the beach to the opening party with several artists like Anita Meijer, Niki Today en Shary-An.

On Tuesday, August 1st, Amsterdam Beach stages the Beach Festival. The beach pavilions ‘Mango’s Beach Bar’ and ‘Bruxelles aan Zee’ offer a delightful lineup and several other beach clubs organize sporty events.

Wednesday, August 2nd sees the end of the first edition of Pride at the Beach with a last beach party at ‘Club Nautique’. The day concludes with an awesome fireworks display by Holland Casino.

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Zandvoort a.k.a. Amsterdam Beach

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Zandvoort a.k.a. Amsterdam Beach 52.375809, 4.528427

COC’s Shakespeare Club

  • 1st till 3rd of August
  • Opening times varies during these days, but mostly afternoon and early evening.
  • Amsterdam Museum

Last year COC, the Dutch LGBTQI organization, organized for the first time the Shakespeare Club during Amsterdam Gay Pride. This club is located in the Amsterdam Museum, right in the middle of the city. This central locations makes the Shakespeare Club the informal central point for the Amsterdam Gay Pride. During these days there will be a variety of activities, from a debate about the whitewashing of Stonewall, a day centred around LGBTQI refugees and of course parties and drinks.

The name Shakespeare Club is an homage to the origins of the COC. In the 1940’s when the COC started, it was necessary to hide its’ true purpose. They therefore chose to hide as a cultural organization dedicated to Shakespeare.

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Amsterdam Museum

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Amsterdam Museum 52.371600, 4.892000

Dragolympics

  • 4th of August
  • 6PM till 11.45PM
  • at the Homomonument, Westermarkt

This year will mark the festive 13th edition of the International Drag Olympics, the world’s premier sporting event for drag queens and kings. The crème de la crème of the drag athletic world will descend on Amsterdam’s Homomonument to battle it out for Olympic Gold. Traditional sports like the Stiletto Sprint and the Handbag Toss will be supplemented by new events like Bitch Volleyball. Qualified beauticians will be available to help competitors and to be on hand for any cosmetic emergency.

Amsterdam’s world-famous Homomonument is not just a memorial, but also a fabulous place to party with thousands of others! Join celebrations of the 2017 Amsterdam Gay Pride. Come dance with us to great music spun by the finest DJs and enjoy the most amazing performers and the craziest hosts we could find…

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Homomonument

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Homomonument 52.374342, 4.884624 Homomonument Monument in commemoration of persecution of homosexuals. The monument consists of 3 large pink marble triangles, together forming a larger triangle. The pink triangle was used in the Nazi concentration camps to mark homosexuals (similar to the yellow star for Jews). On the monument you can read a text \'Naar vriendschap zulk een mateloos verlangen\' (To friendship such an endless desire). This is a famous quote of the gay (and Jewish) poet Jacob Israël de Haan. The monument (created in 1987) attracts many gay visitors from all over the world. One of the triangles sticks out into the Keizersgracht canal. Often you will find flowers laid here by visitors. Website: http://www.homomonument.nl Homomonument, one of the 3 pink marble triangles

Canal Parade

The undisputed highlight of every Amsterdam Gay Pride is the Canal Parade. This years’ parade of boats through the Amsterdam canals promises to be more colorful and better than ever. If you plan to watch the Canal Parade from the canal side, be aware of some big changes this year.

Since the start of the Canal Parade it has always made its triumphant way from the west side of the old city along the Prinsengracht canal. The big finale was when the boats turned on the Amstel river and sailed in front the city hall towards the east side of the old city. This year the route will be in the opposite direction, starting at the Oosterdok and will finish via the Nieuwe Herengracht, Amstel, Prinsengracht into the Westerdok.

Canal Parade boat party

For a full list of events during the Amsterdam Gay Pride 2017 see the official events page. Unfortunately not all the events listings are in English.