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Midsumma Pride March 2018 – The Order in which Groups Will March

Pre-March Procession
Wave A: Queer Indigenous Pride and VIPs
Wave B: Marriage Equality
Wave C: Youth Groups
Wave D: Youth Groups
Wave E: Youth Groups
Wave F: Groups representing Diverse Genders and Sexualities; Marchers with access needs
Wave G: HIV + AIDS Organisations; Queer Organisations; LGBTQIA+ Advocacy Groups
Wave H: Queer Organisations; LGBTQIA+ Advocacy Groups
Wave I: Queer Events and Venues; Individuals; Jewish Groups
Wave J: Queer-Led Religious Group; Queer Social and Sports; Queer-led groups
Wave K: Team Melbourne
Wave L: Organisations and groups showing Pride
Wave M: Emergency Services
Wave N: Government Affiliated Organisations
Wave O: Organisations and groups showing Pride
Wave P: Local Councils and Council affiliated groups
Wave Q: Organisations and groups showing Pride
Wave R: Organisations and groups showing Pride
Wave S: Health and well-being
Wave T: Organisations and groups showing Pride
Wave U: Midsumma Festival

How is the marching order decided?

  1. Groups are assembled together into sections called "waves" according to similar area of interest or themes.
  2. Marchers with special needs or living with disability are placed early in the march as a long wait or lengthy exposure to the elements would adversely affect their health.
  3. Non-queer identifying businesses and organisations showing pride are very welcome, but they do not march ahead of queer advocacy and diverse gender and sexuality (DGS) representative groups. No non-queer identifying corporate businesses (even if they are Midsumma Festival partners) pay to be a part of the march nor do they get to march ahead of queer not-for profit groups.
  4. Some placement is determined by Main Stage call times, to get artists and crew to Catani Gardens in time to perform at the post-Pride Celebrations.
  5. Some contingents request a late start time and don't mind being towards the end.
  6. Over 40,000 people line the streets to support the march each year and the march needs to be as exciting as possible in every wave, not just at the start. The final marching contingents are just as important as the first.
  7. The balance of the remaining contingents are organised based on volume of sound clashing, vehicle/pedestrian safety or significant placement history.
  8. The Midsumma team always marches last.
  9. Midsumma Festival spends considerable time curating the march to be as fair as possible and can only enter into conversation about line-up requests with non-profit queer organisations that may from time to time express interest in marching with particular other non-profit queer organisations.


2018 Events

14 Jan — 04 Feb 2018
  • Jetstar
  • AGL
  • Dan Murphy's
  • NAB
  • PwC
  • City of Melbourne
  • Corrs