The route and entering the Canal Parade

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) and passes the Stadshuis / Muziektheater to make a right in the direction of the Oosterdok.

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 paradeĀ 
- at the Magere Brug on Amstel river
- and at the Stopera / City Hall.

Keep in mind that the first boats will arrive about an hour after the official start at the Stopera / City Hall.

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