We Went to Amsterdam Pride with W Hotel and This Is What It Looked Like

The annual Amsterdam Gay Pride, also known as the Canal Pride, is one of the world’s most famous pride events. Each year, people from all over the world travel to the city of Amsterdam to witness a parade of the most extravagant and breathtaking boats. It’s not just an infamous party, but also a moment to celebrate LGBTQ+ rights and shine a light on the long road ahead when it comes to international human rights.

If the Amsterdam Pride is the queen of all prides, the W hotel in Amsterdam must be Beyoncé amongst the queens. Just like last year, the W hotel got its own fabulous float that entertained the more than 500.000 people who showed up to experience the Canal Pride.

The W experience

To be completely honest with you, I spent just 30 hours in Amsterdam for a quick visit to the pride events, but it was one of the most extravagant and fabulous 30 hours of my life. From the breakfast, brought to my room by a drag queen named Beeby Jane, to having drinks at the W rooftop lounge bar, my stay was like a dream. Apart from the food and drinks, the staff is also one of the W’s best assets. They treat everyone like family and it really feels like coming home, even if it’s your first time staying at the hotel.

Breakfast, served by a fabulous drag queen (who I unfortunately didn't photograph)

A pink boat and everyone dressed by David LaPort

As for the actual pride, the W hotel was in it to win it. Everyone who was supposed to be on the W boat during the parade, had to do a fitting to find his/her/their outfit. The pride looks were all designed by Dutch designer David LaPort, who you might know from one of Solange’s MET Gala looks. For this year’s Amsterdam Pride, the designer must have had a vision filled with glitter and glamour. There were some Saint Laurent-reminding dresses with a touch of pink and glitter, but also some silver short shorts for the guys and revealing tops with a lot of ruffles.

The float itself was pink and included a huge ball with a fairy-looking girl on it. The ball occasionally went up in the air – with the girl on it – and stole the show. Music was provided by W’s music director Kristina Dolgova. Kristina if you’re reading this, please provide us with a Spotify playlist, because that set was amazing.

During the Canal Parade itself, I took a tiny disposable camera with me. You know, one of those old school cameras your mom used to take with her on your annual family holiday in 2001. It’s kind of exciting and scary to know you won’t see the results of your photography until a few weeks after you actually took the picture. The pictures came out quite well, although I took a suspicious amount of pictures of a hot dancer. Anyway, without any further ado: I went to the Amsterdam Gay Pride and this is what it looked like! (start scrolling)

One of the options during the fitting with David LaPort

A bunch of gays dressed in designs by David LaPort, anxiously waiting to enter the bus to the boat

Loved this look on Jodie Harsh

We embarked the pink W boat and waited for our turn to start the six km long journey

(Here's the first photo of the hot dancer)

Matthias Geerts, Belgian fashion blogger, living his best life

The hot dancer again

Every time this ball with the girl went up in the air, people went crazy and confetti cannons went off

Belgian hotties Jan Van Eldere and Dennis Van Peel living their best life

At this point, I was drunk enough to ask the hot dancer to pose for my tiny disposable camera

This drag queen gave me life - for real

Rosé champagne was served by Moët & Chandon

A closer look at the Fairy-looking lady on the ball

A special thanks to W Amsterdam for the unforgettable experience, we’ll be back!

Photos by Dries Vriesacker for Enfnts Terribles

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