Canal Parade 2018

The information on this page contains details about the Canal Parade 2017. In January 2018 the registration period will start again for the Canal Parade of August 4th 2018. Do you want to stay updated regarding updates of the parade 2018: follow Pride Amsterdam on social media.

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Participants Canal Parade 2017

Want to see the complete list of participants and the order of the parade 2017? Please click here.

The Canal Parade is a big event and requires a lot of preparation time. In January the registration of the canal parade start. An official canal parade commission including various people will determine who will be able to participate within the 80 floats. In case that there are too many sufficient parties a lottery event will decide who will become a part of the participations list. This year this event takes place on February 12th. All the participating parties then have the time to bring their ideas to reality in order to prepare their floats for August 5th.

The 80 spots are divided into various categories, wherein we need to bare in mind that the largest shoulders are able to lift the heaviest loads. For example the float of a LGBTI-network of a multinational pays more money to participate then a non-profit organization.

Wanting to enroll for the Canal Parade 2017?

The float registration for the Canal Parade 2017 was open from January 5th till February 5th. Needing to know more about the regulations, prices and other things related to participating have a look at the general document by clicking here.

The participants will be publicly announced on February 12th.

Do you still have questions? Please email:

JOIN the Canal Parade on August 5th from 13.00h till 17.00h

The canal parade is one of the most famous events of the Amsterdam Gay Pride. A total of 80 LGBTI-organization show of in a festive manner for what they stand and fight for every first Saturday of August.

This year the canal parade will be on Saturday August 5th. The floats will start their route in the Oosterdok and will finish via the Nieuwe Herengracht, Amstel, Prinsengracht into the Westerdok.  The first float leaves at the Oosterdok at 13.00h and the the last float will close the parade at the end around 17.00h.

The 6 kilometers canal route provides visitors enough space to have a good view of the complete parade.

Love Boat

Are you not able to join our canal parade?
Our Love Boat tool will give you the opportunity to make your own boat on your desk top and be part in our virtual parade. Click here to go to the Love Boats!

Along the route of the Canal 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. Everyone is welcome with their boats. Keep in mind, though, that from 12.00h we start checking the route. For our floats their need to be enough space to still run the canal parade.
If there is not sufficient space for the floats, boats will be asked to go and look elsewhere for a place. Reserving a place is not possible.

Watch out! It is not allowed to place one or more bars or any other obstacles on shore/street along the route. It is also not allowed to (have) amplified music etc. on shore/street along the route or on boats.

It is also not allowed to come with boats that are longer than 10 meters. From the night before the canal parade till the end on saturday night there will be a strict enforcement against not permitted boats in the Prinsengracht/Amstel/Nieuwe Herengracht. Be aware that boats can be send away by the enforcement officers. 


P + R
During the canal parade it is very busy in and around the city. We recommend therefore not to come by car. Do you want to do, then we advise you to park your car at one of the seven large parking lots (P + R) around Amsterdam. Parking costs € 8.00 for the whole day and you will immediately receive two free return tickets for metro, tram and bus to downtown.

Click here for more information about P + R areas on the website of the city of Amsterdam.

Dutch Railways (NS)
NS schedules extra long trains on August 5th. For the most up-to-date information on train schedules please check at .