Midsumma Pride March 2021 FAQs
Midsumma Pride March 2019 - Photo by Suzanne Balding
Why is there a limited capacity?
Midsumma Festival has obtained a COVIDSafe permit to run the Midsumma Pride March event with up to 8,000 participants in 2021. In order to adhere to this, while ensuring that all of the organisations who want to be involved will get a chance to participate, the number of marchers per group has been restricted. Note also that the public are encouraged to watch the live-stream or book into a venue on Fitzroy Street.
Is food available?
Both the Ian Johnson Oval (marshalling area) and Catani Gardens (post-pride celebrations) will have food options for registered marchers. Fitzroy St and surrounds are also home to many fantastic cafes and restaurants.
Can I BYO alcohol to Midsumma Pride March?
There will be no bar operating in Catani Gardens this year. Those who wish to have a celebratory drink after the march are encouraged to attend one of the many venues in the Fitzroy Street precinct. Note that glass is strictly prohibited to prevent injuries from broken glass.
Can I join the end of the Pride March?
Sadly, no. At the conclusion of the march, the General Public are normally invited to follow the final marchers into Catani Gardens. However in 2021, to satisfy COVID-19 tracing requirements, only wrist-banded marchers, volunteers and staff are able to enter Catani Gardens at the end of the march.
How do I register to march?
Registrations for Midsumma Pride March have now closed. Due to the extensive planning that takes place in the lead-up to Pride March, we cannot accept registrations on the day to march. Subscribe to the Midsumma eNews to hear about registrations for future Pride Marches.
How do I stay warm at Midsumma Pride March?
As Midsumma Pride March is being held in May this year, it could potentially be quite cold and/or wet. You will be outside for quite some time, so check the weather forecast carefully and be prepared for all possible eventualities. Items to consider include a small umbrella, thermal underwear, scarves, beanies and gloves - glamorous and colourful of course! Plastic ponchos are light-weight and provide excellent insurance against rain showers.
Are pets allowed?
Pets are welcome at Midsumma Pride March, but please ensure your pet stays safe and hydrated.
Can I film/ photograph/ interview people?
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 or your personal social media posts, we ask you to please be respectful and ask permission of your subjects before doing so.
When is Midsumma Pride March?
Midsumma Pride March usually occurs in late January or early February, but the 2021 Midsumma Pride March will be held, exceptionally, on Sunday 23 May 2021. Dates for the upcoming festival are listed in Midsumma Festival Dates each year as soon as they have been locked in (which usually happens in late February or March).
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.
Businesses will not march ahead of queer advocacy and gender-and-sexuality-diverse-representative groups. Midsumma Pride March is not sponsored by a commercial business, and no businesses pay to be part of Midsumma Pride March.
Why are Police at Midsumma Pride March?
Victoria Police have an official presence at Midsumma Pride March, and a contingent in the march – the GLLO (Gay Lesbian Liaison Officers) and Vic Police march group, is for Victoria Police employees who identify as LGBTAIQ+ and their allies.
As with all Victoria's large-scale events, organised protests and parades, police officers are present as part of the event permit, and to deal with external threats of terrorism, or any situation that may become unsafe for event attendees.
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. However, parental or guardian discretion is advised: Pride March celebrates diverse genders and 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 can keep them safe, otherwise plan to leave them at home.
What measures are taken to protect the environment?
Midsumma Pride March is a large event - having so many people gathered in a relatively small space has the potential to seriously damage the environment. Some of the measures taken to reduce that impact include the following:
- Dedicated recycling bins are located at both the Ian Johnson Oval and Catani Gardens, and are regularly cleared throughout the event
- Hydration stations are provided to promote the use of refillable water bottles (and to encourage participants to keep well hydrated)
- No glass is allowed into the venue, to minimise the possibility of broken glass
- No balloons or streamers are allowed
- Electricity is provided via mains power or bio-diesel generators
- Food traders only use biodegradable products (no single use plastic)
- Volunteers and staff members are provided with refillable water bottles to be refilled at the hydration stations