Gay Travel to Amsterdam Pride and Boats on the Canal
Gay Pride festivals exist all over the world, but the Amsterdam Gay Pride festival is among the best on the planet.
Since early days, Amsterdam has been at the forefront in striving for equality for the gay & lesbian communities. Amsterdam is famous for it's liberal mindset and by organising a yearly Gay Pride the city welcomes a safe environment for gays, lesbians and transgenders to both visit and live in Amsterdam.
The hugely popular Canal Parade is a floating event involving up to 100 spectacularly decorated barges, floating through Amsterdam's Prinsengracht (the canal of the Prinses) . The Gay Pride Canal Pride is a celebration of devotion towards equality of the gay and lesbian communities and as such many large Dutch institutions such as the City Council including the mayor of Amsterdam, the Fire Brigade, the Amsterdam police force and large Dutch corporates and employers such as the ING insurances, ABN AMRO and Rabobank have their own boats in the Canal Parade.
The festivities starts on a Friday night with two large outdoor parties. On at the Gay & Lesbian Reguliersdwarsstraat street and the other party at the Gay & Lesbian monument on the Westermarket in the centre of town.
The Canal Parade begins outside the Central Station, sails along the entire Prinsengracht, the Amstel River and finishes at the Eastern Dock. The participating boats are spectacularly decorated and put on a show with their onboard DJs and lavish parties, guaranteeing unbeatable entertainment.
Canal Parade is open to all possible organisations, companies and even
private individuals. One needs to apply for a license from the city
council and one needs to rent a boat from one of the Amsterdam based
boat rental companies such as the Amsterdam Boot Huren boat rental agency. A quick look at this website shows the Ivan Frank open boat as pretty much ideal or one could consider the Avanti barge for it's beautiful feminine curves. Another boat rental agency worthwhile looking at is Canal Cruise Amsterdam.
Both websites are in Dutch, but if you call the contact numbers, they
will answer in English, as nearly everybody in Amsterdam speaks fluent
The event still grows in size and in 2012 a total of 188 organisations and companies applied for a licence in the official Canal Parade. 2012 also had a Turkish boat participated in the Canal Parade for the first time. The Turkish boat represents the 20,000 odd gay and lesbian people living in the Netherlands who are of Turkish descent.
Most of the apartments very high quality and are located on one of the famous canals or in the Jordaan area of Amsterdam. If you do decide to stay in an apartment in the Jordaan, don't forget to visit the Anne Frank house or to have dinner in one of the many little restaurants close to the Noordermarket.