Described last year by news organization CNN as one of “the best picks around the world for celebrating Pride,” Amsterdam Gay Pride is one of those events that seem to embody the spirit and character of its iconic location. Still the only Gay Pride Parade on Earth to take place on the water, this event is, for many Amsterdammers — and increasingly for visitors in the know — the highlight of the summer’s cultural agenda in a city that knows how to party and has much to celebrate. For revelers of all stripes, the parade and the host of other Amsterdam Gay Pride events represent the perfect opportunity to explore and delight in a city that’s treasured internationally for its unique spirit of tolerance and diversity.
One of the very biggest public events in the Netherlands, the 18th edition of Amsterdam Gay Pride has a special significance — happening, as it does, in an auspicious landmark year for the city. 2013 is the year that the city of Amsterdam celebrates the 400th anniversary of its magnificent canal network, with a host of exhibitions and ceremonies commemorating the importance of these waterways for Amsterdam’s place in the world. Of course, Amsterdam Gay Pride culminates in the celebratory Canal Pride parade, whereby organizations and partygoers take to the stately Prinsengracht canal for one jubilant afternoon. What better way to enjoy the waters that have connected Amsterdam with the world?
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