News of: Thursday, August 04 2011,
Amsterdam is preparing for one of the busiest weekends of the year, Gay Pride weekend.
Officially, it is Gay Pride Week, since July 30. The week has several activities such as meetings, parties and (art) exhibitions.
However, as always, the focus is on the Gay Pride Weekend, which has several large street parties and the main event: the Gay Pride Canal Parade on Saturday.
The canal tour consists of 80 large decorated boats that sail along the Prinsengracht canal and the river Amstel, mostly with a lot of music.
The spectacle normally draws up to half a million spectators.
The Canal Parade starts at 2pm on Saturday, and it takes about 3 to 4 hours for the parade to reach the end.
Here is a map with the route of the Amsterdam Gay Pride tour.
The complete event calendar (also in English) is on the official gay pride website.
Gay pride 2007