Midsumma Pride March 2022 FAQs

Will there be a capacity on marching numbers?

We're happy to announce that there will be no more capacity limits on march numbers for the 2022 Midsumma Pride March.

Please note that all public events are subject to any State Government changes in COVID restrictions that might come into place between now and the event. We will update you with any changes as soon as we are aware of them, but for now we expect to be able to move ahead with the event with no capacity on marching numbers.

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.

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. Subscribe to the Midsumma eNews to hear about registrations for future Pride Marches.

Can I BYO alcohol to Midsumma Pride March?

Those wishing to have a celebratory drink after the march are welcome to visit the bar that will be operating in Catani Gardens from 11am - 4:00pm. Alternatively, march participants can visit one of the several venues in the Fitzroy Street precinct.

Can I join the end of the Pride March?

Yes! The General Public are invited to follow the final marchers into Catani Gardens for post-march celebrations. 

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 will occur on 6 February, 2022. 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
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