Europride 2016 the highlights

Europride 2016, the European LGBTQI Pride, is this year in Amsterdam from July 23rd till August 7th. Over 300 events will take place right here in Amsterdam. In several posts we make a selection of this enormous pride event. This article gives you our selection of the highlights of this Europride: the big, often iconic, events of the Europride. All of them are free and most of them have a political theme or message.

1. Pink Saturday  (Roze Zaterdag), July 23rd

Pink Saturday 2016
Pink Saturday 2016

Pink Saturday is the Dutch version of the national LGBTQ Pride. Every year Pink Saturday is traveling to another city in the Netherlands. The last time Amsterdam organized the event was 22 years ago, in 1994. Because of Europride Amsterdam will host the Pink Saturday again as the start of the two week Europride extravaganza.

VONDELPARK (11.00 AM-21.00 PM)
Pink Saturday starts at the Vondelpark. Different kind of activities will be happening in the park: sport, theatre, art, performances etc. The main stage will be the ‘Open Lucht Theater’ and the day starts with a service (about acceptance and sexual diversity). The young talents of theatre group BuitenSpelen will showing the play ‘Oude Tantes’. Of course a lot of artists and dj’s on the menu, like “The Voice” Jennie Lena, jazz/funk band Gare Du Nord and the-one-and-only ‘Pink Saturday Diva’ Anita Meyer. Also the yearly ‘Rainbow Market’ will have his own spot in the Vondelpark, different stalls of companies and organizations in the LGBTQI-community will have their own stall. 
PRIDE WALK (19.00h)
Everybody has the right to be yourself, everywhere and anytime. That’s why the Pride Walk is organized. After the Orlando shooting an extra poignant action during this Europride. The walk is a sign against homophobia and fight for tolerance and respect. It starts from the Vondelpark, the route will go straight through the center of Amsterdam and we will finish at the Dam square. Floats and running groups will be part of the walk.
DAM SQUARE (18.00h-00.00h)
The final party this day will be at the Dam square, the most famous square in Amsterdam. Time to party and celebrate freedom, tolerance, acceptance and love all together. More info about the line up will follow soon.

2. Human Rights Concert at Dam square, July 24 th (16.00h – 23.00h)

The Human Rights Concert of EuroPride 2016 will take place right on the heart of the city of Amsterdam: Dam square. Dam square will be completely taken over by EuroPride to show our support to equal rights all over the world. We will celebrate that you can be who you are and love the one you want.

The concert will be with various (international) artists and accompanied by the New Amsterdam Orchestra.

3. Dragolympics, August 5th from 18.00h till 21.00h

One of the highlights of every Amsterdam Gay Pride is the Dragolympics. A fun night where drag queens and drag kings battle it out in the fiercest competition in the world. Expect handbag throwing, high heel races and many more fun, challenging events.

The 12th International Drag Olympics will be held at the Homomonument, Westermarkt in Amsterdam. The competition is open to all drag queens and kings. Registration is possible on the day itself from 5pm.
Make-up artists available, bring your own wig and heels.

Dragolympics 2016 logo

4. Canal Parade, August 6th from 14.00h till 18.00h

The canal parade is one of the most famous events of the Amsterdam Gay Pride, because we are hosting EuroPride in 2016 we are going to create a very special canal parade for you. A total of 80 LGBTI-organization show of in a festive manner for what they stand and fight for every first Saturday of August.

The floats will start their route in the Westerdok and will finish via the Prinsengracht, Amstel, Nieuwe Herengracht into the Oosterdok. The first float leaves at the Prinsengracht at 14.00h and the the last float will close the parade at the end around 18.00h.

The 6 kilometers canal route provides visitors enough space to have a good view of the complete parade. Not only the passing floats make the canal parade so special. It is especially the exuberant people on the shore and all the hundreds of boats along the route.

Who participate in the Canal Parade?

This year the Canal Parade is extra big and had many surprising participants. Want to see the complete list of participants of the parade 2016? Please click here.

5. Street Parties

This year will be the first time without street parties in the famous Reguliersdwarsstraat. You can read all about it here. But luckily a lot of business owners with balls in other streets have organized great outdoor parties in the streets.

Amstel stage, 5 and 6 August 19.00 – 24.00 hours

Amstel Street Party posterThe Amstel stage is a collective party by three gay bars along the Amstel river and in the Halvemaansteeg. It is one of the oldest street parties in the heart of Amsterdam. There will be a virtual no-top show with live music, great DJs and MCs, fabulous Drag Queens, hot GoGo Dancers and with a great atmosphere . Look at their Facebook event page for the latest news.

Prik Pride Street Party, 5 August 16.00 – 03.00 hours

Gay pride street party with outdoor podium, DJ’s, performances, bars, cocktails and more. Hosted by PRIK, voted best gay bar of the Netherlands and celebrating its 10 year anniversary! Prik came out best in our outdoor terraces test. So we have high hopes for this party.

Zeedijk Street Party, 5 and 6 August 18.00 – 01.00 hours

Two stages with and DJ’s and performers. The theme of the party is “Dancing in the street”. At the moment the organizers are in discussions with the neighborhood and the city council to set up the right party for all involved. Check their website for the latest news.


For a full listing of all the events you can look on the special events page of the Europride. There you can browse through all the events by date, by neighborhood or by special interest.



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