Midsumma Pride March
Together we marchPresented by: Midsumma Festival
11am march starts
4pm post-Pride celebrations close
2019 Midsumma Pride March Award Winners
Most Fabulous: VIKA
Most Significant Message: Lifeview Residential Care
Most Innovative: Rainbow Aboriginal Pride
★ Victoria's bisexual community
★ Deaf-initely Pride
★ Melbourne Aces - Asexuals Australia
Victoria's annual queer march brings us together to stand tall and be proud, to honour community members who have brought us forth and most importantly, to revel in the celebrations with our family, friends and allies.
This year's Midsumma Pride March will highlight the diverse groups, personalties, sexualities and experiences that make our queer community so beautifully colourful. Everyone deserves to march and everyone deserves to be heard, to feel safe and to belong. We will remember that we are stronger as one and greater together!
Rock up, frock up and fly your flags at the new start time of 11am, as we embark on the kilometer-long fanfare to Catani Gardens for an afternoon of post-Pride festivities.
See the FAQs, maps and marching orders below for public information, but if you are marching, further information for groups and individuals can be found on our Pride March Participation page.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are invited to march in the Rainbow Aboriginal Float alongside Elders. Meet by 10.30am at Ian Johnson Oval, St Kilda (find the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags at Wave A).
Midsumma Pride March is a big event with road closures, limited parking and changes in public transport.
Due to the congestion caused by Midsumma Pride March, and the size of the event, there will be less parking than what is normally available in the precinct. Midsumma highly recommends taking public transport or cycling to the event. If you are unable to catch public transport, surrounding options for parking include:
- Palais Theatre Parking - Jacka Boulevard, Saint Kilda (via Carlisle/Acland Street only)
- Luna Park - 23 Shakespeare Grove, Saint Kilda (via Carlisle/Acland Street only)
- Acland Court - 158 Acland St, Saint Kilda
There will be extensive road closures throughout the area.
Beaconsfield Pde, Marine Pde and Jakka Blvd will be closed from Elwood to Port Melbourne between 6am and 2.30pm approximately.
Fitzroy Street and adjoining side streets will be closed to traffic between 8am and 4.30pm approximately.
Public Transport Options
Trams will not be traveling down Fitzroy Street between 10.30am and 2.30pm, but can still be used to get you close to the march (see map below).
Route 96 tram to Stop 132 (St Kilda Station)
Route 12 to Stop 143 (Park St/Fitzroy St)
Any St Kilda Rd tram to Stop 30 (St Kilda Junction)
Route 3a or 16 (CBD bound) to Stop 138 then walk along Acland St
Route 246 to St Kilda Rd/Barkly St
Route 600/922 to Robe St/Grey St
Route 623 to Luna Park/The Esplanade
FROM TRAIN STATIONS:
From Balaclava Station
Tram 3a or 16 to Stop 138 (Luna Park / The Esplanade)
From Caulfield Station
Tram 3a to Stop 138 (Luna Park/The Esplanade)
From Elsternwick Station
Tram 67 to Stop 30 (St Kilda Junction) or Route 246 bus to St Kilda Rd/Barkly St
From Flinders Street Station
Tram 3a, 5, 16, 64 or 67 to Stop 30 (St Kilda Junction)
From Southern Cross Station
Tram 96 or 112 to Fitzroy Street
From Windsor Station
Tram 78 to Stop 37 (Carlise St) then route 3a or 16 to Stop 138 (Luna Park/ The Esplanade)
Tram 5 or 64 from Stop 32 (Dandenong Rd) to Stop 30 (St Kilda Junction)
The red dots indicate where trams will be running throughout the event, even while Fitzroy Street is closed for the march.
View the Marching Order – the order in which groups will march and information about how the marching order is decided.
Catani Gardens Stage
The Midsumma Pride Celebrations will be hosted by Yana Alana
11am: DJ Renee Delay
Renee Delay is committed to the warm, sexy bass thumping, synth driven vocal sounds of nu-disco, house, '70s disco and underground '80s funk. Nothing tickles her fancy more than bringing a unique twist to the '80s slow jams and deep disco tunes and is committed to spreading her love of the underground disco movement.
1.15pm: Official Proceedings
★ Welcome to Country by N'arweet Carolyn Briggs
★ Speech: Mayor of City of Port Phillip, Cr Dick Gross
★ Speech: Victorian Government
★ Speech: John Caldwell, Midsumma Chair
Boozier than Oktoberfest, more drive than a Volkswagen and with more sausage than a bratwurst convention, Hans is Germany's proudest export.
An international superstar, sex symbol, accordionist and Berlin boy-wonder, Hans has been thrilling audiences around the globe with his own fabulous brand of critically acclaimed cabaret for over a decade, performing for everyone from Prime Ministers to Princesses, paupers and paper boys.
Chela is an Australian/Filipino artist, musician, songwriter, producer, and filmmaker originally from Fremantle, Western Australia. Chela performed at SXSW, Coachella and supported Classixx and The Presets on their North American tours. She has also collaborated with several music groups, including Goldroom on his summer-anthem 'Fifteen', Clubfeet on their highly-rotated single 'Heartbreak', and queer pop-punk cult hero Seth Bogart on his debut self-titled solo album alongside Kathleen Hanna and Tavi Gevinson.
2.20pm - Pride March Award Winners Announced
2.30pm: Bec Sandridge
Sandridge is staking her claim to be heard as a nomadic pop-punk artist, catapulting herself onto the world stage. Release by release, her songs continue to take strong strides forward in direction, more sure than eve before. Reminiscent of Prince or Donna Summer, with the delivery of new wave icons like David Byrne.
3pm: Cupids Cut
Cupids Cut has been entertaining Melbourne crowds for over 7 years and from Thursday through to Sunday it's likely she's behind the decks either stimulating the scene with some sleek sounds or igniting dance-floors and keeping the party on its toes until its irrefutable end. Her recent events include - Outr, Barba Party, Unicorns, Honcho Disko, Closet, West Gay and upcoming events for 2019 are Jizz (after Carnival midsumma), Pride (St Kilda Beach party), Heaps Gay (Sydney Mardi Gras) and GAYTIMES music festival. With residences at Boney, The Fox Hotel, The Aviary Hotel, Howler, Black Cat and Dr Morse, expect to hear a wide range of classic house, disco, funk and boogie jams, for an intoxicating vibe that fans the late night flame. In the immortal words of Prince 'Life is just a party'.
Map of Midsumma Pride March precinct
Beer and Cider by GAGE ROADS brewing co.
$9 Gage Roads Single Fin Summer Ale
$9 Gage Roads Atomic Pale Ale
$9 Hello Sunshine Apple Cider
Spirits by BACARDI
$10 Eristoff Vodka & Soda w/ Lime
$13 Eristoff Vodka & Red Bull
$10 Bombay Dry & Tonic
$10 Bacardi Oakheart & Ginder Beer
Spirits by BROWN-FORMAN
$13 Midsumma Cocktail - Pineapple Kink
$10 Jack Daniels & Cola
Wine by NEGOCIANTS
$10 Redbank Prosecco
$9 Redbank Long Paddock Shiraz
$9 Redbank Sauvingnon Blanc
$9 Pitchfork Rosé
Energy Drinks by RED BULL
$5 Red Bull ( Original | Sugarfree | Tropical | Summer )
$3 Soft Drink ( Lemonade | Cola | Soda | Ginger Beer )
$5 Juice ( Orange | Pineapple )
We're ditching single-use plastic cups at Midsumma.
When you order a drink, you'll pay a $2 deposit for your cup, $1 of which will go toward Midsumma and we'll give you $1 back when you return your cup.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why has the time changed to 11am?
Because Midsumma Pride March occurs in summer, the possibility of extreme heat conditions on the day of the march is always present. In order to minimise the risk to the health and well-being of marchers, volunteers, staff and crowd members should extreme heat conditions prevail, we have moved the march forward to 11am.
Is food available?
Catani Gardens will have food options to appeal to all. Fitzroy St and surrounds are also home to fantastic cafes and restaurants.
Can I join the end of the Pride March?
Yes, at the conclusion of the March, the General Public are invited to follow the final marchers into Catani Gardens.
How do I register to march?
Registrations for Midsumma Pride March closed in December 2018. Due to the extensive planning that takes place in the lead-up to Pride March, we cannot accept registrations on the day to march. However, the General Public are invited to follow the final marchers into Catani Gardens.
Subscribe to the Midsumma eNews to hear about registrations for Pride March 2020.
How do I stay cool at Midsumma Pride March?
As Midsumma Pride March is held in the middle of summer it is important to remember to Slip, Slop, Slap and stay hydrated. BYO bottle and refill at our free water stations at Catani Gardens.
Are pets allowed?
Pets are welcome at Midsumma Pride March. As the event is held in an outdoor space in the middle of summer, we highly recommend taking the necessary precautions to ensure your pet is protected from the heat and stays hydrated. With all that in mind, the safest place from the heat for your pet is at home.
Can I film/ photograph/ interview people at Midsumma Pride March for promotion or content for my social or news outlet?
If you are working for a media organisation and intend to use film, photography or interviews of participants or performing artists for content, please get in touch with Felicity McIntosh, Midsumma's Marketing Manager, at [email protected] to request Media Accreditation.
If you are capturing memories for personal use, we ask you to please be respectful and ask permission of your subjects before doing so.
When is Midsumma Pride March 2020?
Dates for the 2020 Festival including Midsumma Pride March 2020 will be released in early 2019.
Why are corporations involved in Midsumma Pride March?
Many corporations and businesses participate in Pride Marches across the world. The two most common reasons that businesses participate in Midsumma Pride March are to empower their LGBTQIA+ employees to show Pride and feel safe within their workplace, and to demonstrate to the general public that their business is queer-friendly. In 2019, businesses will not march ahead of queer advocacy and gender-and-sexuality-diverse-representative groups. No businesses pay to be part of Midsumma Pride March.
Why are Police at Midsumma Pride March?
Victoria Police play an important role in the safe delivery of Midsumma Pride March. As with all of Victoria's large-scale events, organised protests and parades, Police officers are present to monitor and deal with threats of violence, terrorism and any situations that may become unsafe. Victoria Police also have a presence in the Parade itself, as part of their work in building mutual trust between police and LGBTQIA+ peoples, and as part of their internal pride for Victoria Police employees who identify as LGBTQIA+.
What is Midsumma's role in organising Midsumma Pride March?
In 2015 Midsumma become the custodians of Victoria's Pride March when the body Pride March Victoria, who had organised the March since its inception, folded. As Victoria's leading Festival for and by LGBTQIA+ peoples, Midsumma is proud to deliver this vital event, which takes yearlong planning and significant resourcing. Midsumma is always looking for ways to improve it in response to Victoria's diverse, dynamic and ever-growing queer communities. We welcome feedback about Midsumma Pride March!
Is Midsumma Pride March family friendly?
Midsumma Pride March is a family friendly event that appeals to individuals of all ages. Families are warmly welcome to participate in the March and attend the post-Pride Celebrations in Catani Gardens. However, parental or guardian discretion is advised: Pride March celebrates diverse genders & sexualities so the march does contain references to sex, and you will see the odd bare bottom.
As our pets are often considered family too, please make sure you have foot protection for your pooches if you bring them, otherwise plan to leave them at home. That road tar can get painfully hot on the paws.
What accessibility services are provided?
If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or have difficulty speaking, contact the National Relay Service on 133 677 or via relayservice.gov.au, then ask for 03 9296 6600 during business hours. There is no additional charge for this service.