Midsumma Pride March
Take to the streets
Parade, pride and party come together once a year in Melbourne's iconic queer march.
The inaugural Midsumma Pride March Awards, intended to encourage a bright presence from participants, were won by the following groups:
• Most Fabulous – Melbourne Frontrunners
• Most Significant Message – Joint winners:
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders; Minus18 and Safe Schools
• Most Innovative – VAC and their Riff Raff Marching Band
With its origins in the spontaneous demonstrations of Stonewall and speaking to the struggles of LGBTQIA+ peoples everywhere, Midsumma Pride March is a spectacular act of solidarity in a world where many go without rights, dignity and visibility.
The 22nd Pride March will be the first in the parade's history to be led by a BoonWurrung smoking ceremony accompanied by a contingent of queer Indigenous peoples. 2017's March will also see hundreds of young people marching together in a momentous statement of support and solidarity initiated by Minus 18 and a coalition of Victoria's youth groups.
Witness the traditional much-loved pre-march procession by Dykes on Bikes and encounter the kilometre-long procession of Victoria's diverse queer communities as they dance, strut, sing, catwalk, vogue, placard, drag and move together in a celebration of difference, acceptance and equality.
Post Pride festivities at Catani Gardens will be hosted by Dale Woodbridge-Brown, renowned Circus Oz performer and proud queer Kamilaroi man, and headlined by Melbourne favourite, DJ Grant Cook. Attendees at Catani Gardens will see the introduction of a moment silence and vigil performance, a new Pride March tradition that pays homage to all queer peoples who have suffered violence because of their gender or sexuality. For 2017, this will be performed by Deborah Cheetham AO, celebrated Yorta Yorta soprano, actor, composer and playwright.
Whether you join the fanfare by foot or by wheel, with workmates or with family, with friends or with lovers, as ally or as queer, Midsumma Pride March is for you.
The parade will start at 2pm sharp and the post-Pride celebrations will continue afterwards until 7pm in the Catani Gardens (the end-point of the parade).
Pride March is made possible with the generous financial assistance of the City of Port Phillip.
Registrations to march in the 2017 Midsumma Pride March have now closed.