Canal Parade 201812:30-17:00
The boats will start at the Scheepvaart museum moving towards Amstel, from there taking the Prinsengracht towards Westerdok.
The Canal Parade starts at 12.30 pm
Best viewing point
The route along the canals is several kilometres long, so there is not a one best spot. The best photo opportunities are on sides of the bridges, but those spots are taken usually hours before the parade starts.
The most popular spots are:
- on Prinsengracht
- at the Magere Brug on Amstel river
Keep in mind that the first boats will arrive about an hour after the official start.
Participating boats and order
The list of participating is announced in March. The boat order is usually known a few days before the event.
Participate with a boat
You can apply to participate on the Canal Parade from February via the website of the organization. In March there will be a draw to select 80 boats that can participate.Only those 80 selected boats can sail in the parade.
Other boats (less than 10 meter) which are not in the parade can be on the side of the canal, if you get there early before they close down the route (early in the morning).
No music is allowed on those boats.
Joining in on a boat
We get many questions about joining a boat on the Canal Parade float. Most boats are organised by organisations and LGBT organisations of large companies. They usually invite only their empoyees, friends and relations.