Midsumma Pride March
Celebrate You!Presented by Midsumma Festival
Gather your friends and allies together as we take to St Kilda's Fitzroy Street, to rejoice in our diversity and achievements, at Victoria's annual queer march. Mobilise against marginalisation with Midsumma Festival, in this march of celebration and solidarity, as we unfurl our flags, frock up and keep fighting the ongoing issues facing our communities #BeyondYES.
But to mark the recent breakthrough in same-sex marriage equality in Australia – the triumphant turning point in the queer political landscape – Midsumma Festival is pleased host the marriage of Melbourne couple Sue and Mell during the post-Pride Celebrations in Catani Gardens on the day. They will be married by Melbourne gay marriage celebrant Bronte Price after the march concludes. Sue and Mell have known each other since childhood but reaquainted as adults, fell in love, and held their commitment ceremony four years ago. They are delighted to have the opportunity to legalise their union as marriage on this auspicious day.
Post-Pride celebrations at Catani Gardens will also include DJs and live performances from DJ Renee Delay, the Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus entertaining our communities for over 25 years, Brendan Maclean, described as "a king of pop in the making" by Guardian UK and "a modern day Mick Jagger" by Baz Luhrmann, who will be followed by nexus disco pop band Sugar Fed Leopards to keep up that post-Pride buzz. DJ Tanzer will round out the day's post-Pride entertainment.
Midsumma Pride March Awards, intended to encourage a bright presence from marching participants, were announced at Catani Garden's during the post-Pride celebrations. Judges were Micah Scott (Minus18 CEO); artistic director and founder of Victoria's first Indigenous contemporary dance theatre company IDJA, Jacob Boheme (Yirramboi Festival); and trans artist and spokesperson, Amao Leota Lu (performer and social worker).
This year's winners were:
Most Fabulous: Jews of Pride
Significant Message: No Pride in Detention
Most Innovative: Scouts Victoria
See the FAQs, maps and marching orders below for public and participant information alike - 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 Indigenous Pride Float alongside Elders. Meet at 1pm at Ian Johnson Oval, St Kilda (find the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags at Wave A) and be sure to RSVP on Facebook.
There are several new initiatives applied to the march this year by police and City of Port Phillip Council that have not existed in other years. While Midsumma understands these changes may be significant to those who have attended in previous years, we need your support in compliance for the event to continue as smoothly as possible. We regret any inconvenience these changes may make to local residents and participants of the event.
* NEW: Alcohol and glass bans apply in St Kilda foreshore areas, including for Midsumma Pride March on 28 January.
We have received notice from the City of Port Phillip that alcohol and glass are banned along the St Kilda foreshore from Marina Reserve to West Beach, including Catani Gardens, from 5 January to 15 February - unless in a licensed bar area. This means it will not be possible for you to BYO alcohol to the march or post-Pride March celebrations on 28 January. Midsumma will be providing a licensed bar area in Catani Gardens (as well as food trucks who can provide soft beverages as well). For more information see the City of Port Phillip's Alcohol and Glass Ban Area map (PDF 1.08 MB) which shows the ban area.
* NEW: There are also extended road closures this year imposed on the event for the safety of the marching group, affecting traffic on:
Ferrars Street at Kerferd Rd (local access only) - 10am to 6:30pm
Canterbury Road from Kerferd Rd to Mary St (local access only) - 10am to 6:30 pm
Canterbury Rd from Mary Street to Fitzroy Street - 10am to 6:30pm
Fitzroy Street between St Kilda Rd & Jacka Blvd (including all Fitzroy Street intersections) - 10am to 6:30pm
Princes Street (local access only) - 10am to 6:30pm
Grey Street (local access only) - 10am to 6:30pm
The Esplanade between Acland and Pollington Streets - 10am to 6:30pm
Mary Street between Park Street & Beaconsfield Parade (local access only) - 10am to 6:30pm
Beaconsfield Parade between Kerferd Rd and Cowderoy Street (local access only) - 10am to 6:30pm
Beaconsfield Parade / Jacka Bvd from Cowderoy Street to Pier Road (local access only) - 1:30pm to 5pm
Jacka Boulevard / Marine Pde to Glenhuntly Rd (local access only) - 10am to 6:30pm
Note: Pride March Participants will be able to access roads flagged as "local access only"
More >> (map of road closures)
* Yarra Trams will cease travel along Fitzroy Street from 1.30pm on Sunday 28 January until 5.30pm. Please find further details from PTV about tram route changes affected by the march, in particular tram routes 3, 16 and 96.
View the Marching Order – the order in which groups will march and information about how the marching order is decided.
Midsumma Pride March Map
The march begins at the corner of Lakeside Drive and Fitzroy Street, St Kilda and proceeds down Fitzroy Street, ending in Catani Gardens for the post-pride celebrations.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a map?
Yes. Midsumma Pride March takes place along Fitzroy St, St Kilda. The March can be viewed from the sidewalk and street down the entire length of the Parade Route. Check out the map above.
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 early December 2017. 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 2019.
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.
Is Midsumma Pride March family friendly?
Absolutely! Midsumma Pride March is a family friendly event that appeals to individuals of all ages. Families are warmly welcome to watch the March and attend the Pride Picnic in Catani Gardens.
What accessibility services are provided?
Wheelchair Accessibility: all of Fitzroy St and Catani Gardens are wheelchair accessible. It is recommended that attendees in wheelchairs or with low mobility are dropped off on the corner of Lakeside Drive and Fitzroy Street prior to 1pm.
Auslan Interpretation: Pride Celebrations in Catani Gardens are Auslan interpreted, with interpreters provided by Auslan Stage Left.
Questions? If you have any questions, feedback or would like any information in another format, please don't hesitate to contact us on 03 9296 6600 or by emailing [email protected]. If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or have difficulty speaking, contact the National Relay Service on 133 677 or via relayservice.com.au, then ask for 03 9296 6600 during business hours. There is no additional charge for this service.
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 Tania Owen, 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.
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. More road closures than normal will be in place this year - see the details and map at the start of the Midsumma Pride March event listing above. Midsumma highly recommends taking public transport to the event.
Route 96 tram to Stop 133 (St Kilda Station)
Route 12 to Stop 143 (Park St/Fitzroy St)
Route 3a & 16 to Stop 133 (St Kilda Station) or 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)
When is Midsumma Pride March 2019?
Dates for the 2019 Festival including Midsumma Pride March 2019 will be released in early 2018.
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 2018, 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!
Image: Asanka Brendon Ratnayake