Midsumma Pride March 2021 Marching Order

Pride March 2019 - photo by Suzanne Balding

The Order in Which Groups will March

Pre-March Procession
Wave A: Indigenous Pride & Council Representatives
Wave B: Youth
Wave C: Access & Inclusion
Wave D: Queer Community Groups & Organisations
Wave E: Queer Community Groups & Organisations
Wave F: Queer Sports Clubs & Political Representatives
Wave G: Individuals, Friends & Families

Individuals, Friends and Family inclusive of Melbourne Marching Girls Footy Pride Performance, The Queer Poly Crew, Tits Out For (TO4), St Hilda's, Crystal Queer, 2 Hufflepuffs 1 Slytherin, Very Greer Impressive AND Nunga the Magnificent Wonder Dog with 20 of Nunga's Friends and their owners.

Wave H: Cultural, Sports, and Spiritual Organisations
Wave I: Organisations Showing Pride
Wave J: Emergency Services
Wave K: Organisations Showing Pride
Wave L: Community Care
Wave M: Primary Health Care & Political Representatives
Wave N: Charity & Healthcare
Wave O: Educational Institutions & Union Groups
Wave P: Local Councils and Representatives of Poltical Parties
Wave Q: Government Affiliated Organisation
Wave R: Organisations Showing Pride
Wave S: Midsumma Festival
  • 1: Midsumma Festival Staff, Volunteers and Allies

How is the marching order decided?

  1. Groups are assembled together into sections called "waves" according to similar areas of interest or themes.
  2. Marchers with special needs or living with disability are placed early in the march, since 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.
Midsumma Pride March 2021 LIVESTREAM brochure

Open the Midsumma Pride March 2021 LIVESTREAM Event

Midsumma Pride March - Livestream
Female-identifying Midsumma Pride March participant with long, rainbow coloured hair

A summary of the actions being taken as part of the Midsumma Pride March COVIDSafe Plan to help keep participants safe at the event.

Midsumma Pride March 2021 COVIDSafe Plan

Advice on how to get to Midsumma Pride March even while roads are closed for the march

Midsumma Pride March - Getting There

Accessible facilities provided at Midsumma Pride March

Midsumma Pride March Accessibility

Answers to some commonly asked questions about Midsumma Pride March

Midsumma Pride March 2021 FAQs

Maps of the Midsumma Pride March precincts and transport options for getting there

Midsumma Pride March Maps
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