Over the next few days Provincetown will be filling to capacity as the start of Carnival approaches. Running from August 18-24 this year’s theme is ‘Viva Las Vegas’, providing plenty of scope for some wild costumes for the parade on the 22nd! The entire week will be filled with carnival-themed activities. For more information check out the Provincetown Business Guild.
The Amsterdam Gay Pride is one of the most fun and relaxed in the world. Read our guide to the best events and city-wide attractions…
If you are planning a trip to a Gay Pride then why not choose Amsterdam for your next parade? This year the event takes place between the 2nd and 4th of August. This northern European city is the perfect place to experience the bustling atmosphere and excitement of the many parades and street parties. Plus as an added bonus all of the action takes place in the centre of the city so it’s a breeze to see as much as possible. There will be a canal parade (of course), parties and events, Lesbian Pride and a gay sport and culture section.
Make sure you get to Amsterdam on Friday the 2nd of August in time for the main Gay Pride street party starting at 5pm at Rembrandt Square. There will be DJs, international performers, dancing and crowds of happy revellers. There will also be partying in the gay bars of the Zeedijk who have their own Pride Party. For those who like things a little more sporty there will be the Pride Drag Queen Olympics at Homomonument which includes the ‘handbag throw’ and the 100m ‘Stiletto Sprint’. Round off your night at Prik’s Pre Pride Party voted best gay bar in Amsterdam in 2012.
On Saturday get yourself along to the Pride Canal Parade at the Amsterdam Canals. This is the unique highlight of the weekend as 80 brightly decorated boats make their way along the Prinsengracht. The parade usually has about 500,000 spectators so get there early to bag yourself a good spot by the water. Everything is kicking off on this day with parties and events around every corner in the centre of the city. In fact you don’t really need a detailed agenda, just go with the flow and see where the day takes you.
If you fancy a break from the crowds then why not head for one of the many museums in Amsterdam, the Rijksmuseum has just been renovated and will take you through 800 years of Dutch history or for something more weird and wonderful there is the Erotic Museum. Or go for a truly traditional Dutch experience go to the Bioemenmarket and buy some tulips or revel in a thousand different cheeses at the Reypenaer tasting room. There are plenty of cultural highlights, museums, art galleries and cafés to explore for those who like to sit and watch the world go by. A city break in Amsterdam with the Gay Pride at the heart of your trip is the perfect way to get the most out of a few days.
For your last day, why not hang out at De Engel Van Amsterdam meet and greet where you can try some delicious Dutch snacks and dance the day away to more great DJs. The Web also has hotdogs and soup on offer to keep your stamina up for the last day of the Gay Pride. The official closing party starts at the Rembrandtplein at 2pm and runs till 10pm. If anything the atmosphere is even more ebullient at this closing shindig so don’t rush off, stay and celebrate right to the end.
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