Amsterdam to host WorldPride celebrations in 2026

A boat from an earlier edition. Photo:
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WorldPride will be celebrated in Amsterdam in 2026, the first time the event has been hosted by the Dutch capital.

Amsterdam beat Orlando in the United States in the race to bag the event which attracts visitors from all over the world.

‘We are very proud the Netherlands will once again be at the centre of the world when it comes to equal rights for the LGBTQI+ community,’ Pride Amsterdam director Lucien Spee told local broadcaster AT5.

Spee also said it was time Amsterdam moved to the forefront of LGBTQI+ rights again and to become ‘a beacon’ for emancipation. ‘We are way too low in lots of ratings,’ he told the broadcaster.

WorldPride is celebrated every two or three years. In 2019 the festivities in New York attracted some four million people. Organisers expect hundreds of thousand to turn up in Amsterdam. The next edition of WorldPride will be hosted by Sydney.

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