Canal Parade 2016

The Canal Parade starts at 1.30 pm at the beginning of the Prinsengracht at the Westerdok harbour. At the end of the Prinsengracht, the parade turns left on to the Amstel river, passing the famous white Skinny Bridge (Magere Brug). 

This year the parade turns right after the Magere Brug, towards Nieuwe Herengracht. The Canal parade will end at the Scheepvaartmuseum

Route map


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:
- the beginning of the parade 
- at the Magere Brug on Amstel river

Keep in mind that the first boats will arrive about an hour after the official start at Amstel

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) can be on the side of the canal, if you get there early before they close down the route.

Participants 2016

Participants in alphabetical order:

1 Adidas
2 AHF Europe
3 Aids Fonds
4 Ambulance Amsterdam
5 Amsterdam Gay Sports
6 Arcadis
7 AT5
8 Bar de Regenboog
9 Baskenland
10 Belastingdienst
11 BNN-Vara
13 Cafe 't Achterom
14 Carbon Events
15 COC Nederland
16 Cordaan
17 D66
18 De Marokkaanse Boot
19 De Nederlandsche Bank
20 Disco Dolly
21 Europese Commissie
22 Expreszo
23 FERRY Magazine
24 FunX
25 Gay Waterpolo Amsterdam
26 Gaybar Bodytalk Utrecht
27 GAYniaal
28 Gemeente Amsterdam
29 GGD Amsterdam
30 GVB
31 Henk Dal
32 Hotspotcafé i.s.m. De Kasteelboot
33 ING Bank N.V.
34 Internationale Roze Kerk MCC
35 Jack's Casino
36 Kamaliya Zahoor
37 Koninklijke Nederlandsche Roeibond (KNRB)
38 KPN
39 L'homo
40 Laser Aesthetic
41 Legally Gay
42 Loetje Groep
43 LOUD Rotterdam
44 Madrid World Pride
45 Ministerie van Defensie
46 Ministerie van Veiligheid en Justitie
47 Mister B Leather & Rubber bv.
48 Nuon
50 OUTtv Media BV
51 Politie - Roze in Blauw Nederland
53 PostNL
54 Poz&Proud;
55 Proud people LHBTIQ & Diversiteits netwerk van HVO-Querido
56 PvdA Roze Netwerk
57 PwC
58 Rabobank
59 Radio Decibel
60 Randstad
61 Royal Philips
62 Roze 50+
63 Roze Gebaar
64 RozeLinks/GroenLinks
65 Share Your Love with Flowers powered by Royal FloraHolland
66 SiamRainbow
67 St.Ocan
68 Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
69 Stichting Lellebel
70 Stichting PANN
71 Stichting Roze Maandag
72 Stichting Roze Zaterdag 's-Hertogenbosch en Oss 2017
73 Stichting The Love Boat
74 Stichting Vrijheid Werkt! / VVD
75 TransUnited
76 Upstream Amsterdam
77 Vodafone
78 Waternet
79 WE Europe BV
80 Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam