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Amsterdam wins WorldPride 2026

Amsterdam Canal Pride is the only Pride parade in the world on water

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Sydney WorldPride was stunning.. and now Amsterdam is coming for the crown! The Dutch capital has been selected as the host of WorldPride 2026 and Pride Amsterdam is using the occasion to highlight Amsterdam’s pioneering role in the passage of same-sex marriage worldwide, with the first marriages happening there in 2001. Pride Amsterdam declared: “25 years after the liberalization of civil marriage, Amsterdam will once again be the center of the world in 2026.”

“Amsterdam is known as a city of tolerance. With 180 nationalities it’s the most diverse city in the World. The diversity is also related to our strong and vivid LGBTQIA+ community, which belongs to Amsterdam and strengthens its atmosphere of tolerance and creativity. It was in 2001 that the world’s first same-sex marriage was conducted by our former mayor. We are proud of this fact and in 2026 we will celebrate 25 years of marriage equality. Nowadays, tolerance for and freedom of the LGBTQIA+ community is not widespread. Therefore, the city of Amsterdam has put serious effort into protecting our community. Each summer, the whole city celebrates Pride with us, and our aim is to promote our meaningful event on a larger scale, and WorldPride 2026 will be the perfect opportunity for this.”

Amsterdam WorldPride 2026 will follow Washington WorldPride 2025. Follow Amsterdam WorldPride on Instagram at @worldpride2026