Midsumma Pride March

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Melbourne's iconic annual Midsumma Pride March recognises and celebrates Victoria's gay, lesbian, bisexual, intersex and transgender community, while remembering the road we have already travelled on this journey to equality.

On Sunday 29 January 2017, Midsumma Pride March will celebrate its 22nd Anniversary, so be sure you are there to show your colours!

Registrations for groups or individuals to march in the 2017 Midsumma Pride March have now closed. Of course, no registration is required to come along and support the marchers.

Whilst we call it a march, we enthusiastically encourage dancing, singing, strutting, catwalking and voguing. The more choreographed and fabulous your group is, the more impact we can make, and the more spectacular the event gets. Take a look at Some Pride March Inspiration for a few ideas from around the world.

Marshalling begins at the Lakeside Drive end of Fitzroy Street from noon. With over 5,000 marchers expected, those planning to march are asked to arrive around noon if possible. The march will begin at 2pm sharp, then the post-march festivities continue until 7pm in the Catani Gardens.

There are two ways you can take part in the Midsumma Pride March:

1. Get your group together to march down Fitzroy Street, St Kilda and show your pride!

Are you proud? Got something to want to tell the world? Want to do it colourfully and publicly? We have just the answer; register your group to march down Fitzroy Street as part of the Midsumma Pride March.

2. Come along to Fitzroy Street to support the marchers

Afterwards, you are welcome to join the pride festivities which continue in the Catani Gardens (end-point of the march) for a family-friendly, dynamic picnic in the park where there will be a stage, bar and food available.

Pride March Registration Process

Anybody is welcome to march in the Midsumma Pride March. Those who typically march include: LGBTQIA+ service and networking organisations, LGBTQIA+ pride groups from within a corporate environment, local and national equality campaigners and heroes, sporting clubs or teams, political groups and individuals.

Midsumma accept the following registration types:
 Marchers (without any form of vehicle):
  • Individual
  • Group
 Riders / Drivers: cars, motorbikes, trucks, pushbikes ...
  • Individual
  • Group

Registration to march is open until 1 December 2016 for Marchers, or 13 November 2016 for those with vehicles

Pride March Vehicle Registration Process

All participants are required to register for Pride March prior to the event, however people wanting to participate in Pride March with the use of a vehicle are required to adhere to additional steps to complete their registration. The steps for those with a vehicle are:
  1. Pre-Event Registration
  2. Driver / Rider / Vehicle Verification
  3. Driver / Rider / Vehicle Confirmation
  4. Driver / Rider Briefing
  5. Driver / Rider event day assembly

Driver / Rider / Vehicle Verification & Confirmation
Once registrations have closed on 13 November, Midsumma will provide all driver / rider registration details to Victoria Police to verify and validate the information provided. Victoria Police will advise Midsumma if any driver / rider or vehicle cannot be approved for participation in the event, at which point Midsumma would advise the group or individual of the rejection and the relevant registration would be cancelled.

Driver / Rider Briefing

Attendance at this session is mandatory and participation in the march by drivers will be contingent upon confirmed attendance.
All registered participants must attend a mandatory briefing session in the City of Port Phillip at 6pm on 19 January 2017 at the St Kilda Training Room, St Kilda Town Hall. Participation in the March will be contingent upon confirmed attendance at this meeting. There will be a staff member from the City of Port Phillip at the main entrance doors to direct participants to the meeting room on the night. This briefing session will be run by the Midsumma Festival Production and Events team with Victoria Police and the City of Port Phillip.

Driver / Rider event day assembly
On the day of Pride March, all drivers and riders will need to assemble two hours prior to the commencement of the march for Victorian Police to complete final registration and licence verification along with a breath test. In the event that a driver or rider fails any part of this final check, they will not be permitted to participate in the march.

Midsumma Pride March Information Session: 26 October 2016

An information session will be held to discuss the Pride event theme, a few logistics for marchers and any vehicles wishing to participate and most importantly, providing you with some inspiration for your marching group, to get your creativity flowing. This voluntary-attendance Info session is for anyone wanting to just come along and chat about Pride March.
Where: Level 10 (Kulin room), City Village, 225 Bourke St, Melbourne
When: 26 October 6.30pm
RSVP: to [email protected]
     (this is to give us an idea of numbers and who is attending to tailor the information to suit you specifically)
Public Transport: any Bourke St tram to stop 6, Swanston St tram to stop 10 or Collins St tram to stop 7