Midsumma Pride March Registration
Midsumma Pride March 2020 by J Forsyth
Join the spectacular act of unity that is Midsumma Pride March
Midsumma Pride March will return on Sunday 6 February 2022. Registrations for Midsumma Pride March 2022 open 26 August 2021 and will close 26 November 2021. Please complete the form at the end of this page to register.
Participation guidelines and tips
Midsumma Pride March is a signature event, where historically up to 10,500 marchers normally take to the streets down Fitzroy Street in St Kilda each year and over 45,000 people line the streets and balconies along the march route to show their support – making this the best-attended annual Pride March in Victoria. In terms of scale, march numbers for Midsumma Pride March are consistently larger than other annual marches held in Victoria including Moomba or the Australia Day March.
How do I register to march?
Registrations for Midsumma Pride March 2022 open 26 August 2021 and will close 26 November 2021. Please complete the form at the end of this page to register.
Due to the extensive planning that takes place in the lead-up to Pride March, we cannot accept registrations on the day of the march.
Can I march as an individual?
Of course! Individuals are grouped together towards the front of the march but you still need to register and attend the participant briefing.
Will there be a cap on marching numbers in 2022?
Midsumma will always adhere to government restrictions on capacities at events, Midsumma Festival will initially place a limit of 30 marchers per marching group/organisation for the registration process. This is to ensure that if restrictions continue to be in place for Midsumma Pride March 2022, we will be able to adhere to our permit restrictions as well as aim to enable registered participants to participate. We do expect that our total capacity for our 2022 march will be increased from 2021 numbers and so hope to be able to increase the total number each group can have. As the government guidelines change and we get closer to the event, we will update participants accordingly.
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 & 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.
Handing out stuff?
Unfortunately, to ensure the event is as COVIDSafe as possible, we will not be able to allow the distribution of merchandise or collateral at the event. We recommend thinking of innovative ways to get your message across - through chants/songs or signage etc.
Are balloons allowed at Pride March?
Midsumma Pride March is a balloon-free event. City of Port Phillip has joined with Zoos Victoria in their campaign to replace balloons with other environmentally friendly alternatives.
Are there height restrictions?
There will be tram lines above you!
If your banners, flags or other props are taller than 2.5 meters please contact the Midsumma Office to discuss further.
Why are corporate businesses 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. No businesses pay to be part of Midsumma Pride March and Midsumma Pride March is not sponsored by a commercial organisation or business.
Why are Police at Midsumma Pride March?
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 year-long planning and significant resourcing. Midsumma is always looking for ways to improve this event in response to Victoria's diverse, dynamic and ever-growing queer communities. We welcome feedback on the event!
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.
If you're planning on driving a vehicle (whether it is a motorbike, fire-engine or car) as part of a registered marching contingent there are a few things you need to know:
Non-motorised bicycles and unicycles are welcome in the parade. They do not need to be registered as a vehicle but it would be helpful to mention them when you register your group.
- Driver and Vehicle Details: for the safety of all participants, at the time of registering you'll be asked to provide the vehicle registration of each vehicle, licence details of each nominated driver as well as their contact details. This will be held by Midsumma Festival in the event that Victoria Police ask us to do any checks.
- Communication: Each driver will receive communications from the Midsumma team, vital to their participation in the march.
- Briefing: Each driver must attend the Pride March Briefing (date/time to be emailed to participants)
- Safety: For the safety of all marchers and viewers, drivers will be breathalysed and drug tested at Assembly. As required by Victoria Police, any motorcycle drivers are required to wear helmets.
- Parking: There is no designated parking for vehicles after the parade.
- Registration: You must register prior to registration closing date (26 November).
Please note that only registered vehicles and drivers will be allowed to participate. If you are unsure if your vehicle and nominated driver have been approved, please contact us on [email protected] or 03 9296 6600.
Revving up the rally is the much-loved pre-march procession by Dykes on Bikes, Rainbow Riders Victoria and Melbourne Motorcycle Tourers followed by thousands of marchers led by Midsumma's Indigenous Pride Float. The celebration continues after the march with post-Pride Celebrations at the end of the parade route at Catani Gardens.
The Marching Order is the order in which groups march. It will be listed here as soon as it has been finalised.
How is the marching order decided?
- Groups are assembled together into sections called "waves" according to similar area of interest or themes. At the time of registering you will be asked to elect a wave grouping. Midsumma will confirm the marching order online before the day. In special circumstances, we also might need to make small adjustments on the day if any new information arises.
- Marchers with special needs or living with disability can be placed early in the march since a long wait or lengthy exposure to the elements would adversely affect their health.
- 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.
- 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.
- Some contingents request a late start time and don't mind being towards the end.
- For the benefit of those watching from the bars and restaurants along Fitzroy St, and those watching from home the march needs to be exciting at every stage of the march, not just at the start. The final marching contingents are just as important as the first.
- The balance of the remaining contingents are organised based on volume of sound clashing, vehicle/pedestrian safety or significant placement history.
- The Midsumma team always marches last.
- 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 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 Jacka 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 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 (Carlisle 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.
After their inception in 2017, the Midsumma Pride March Awards will be back in 2022. The awards are intended to encourage a bright and meaningful presence from participants. Winners are selected by a panel of diverse community representatives and announced at the celebrations at the Catani Gardens Stage during the formalities at the conclusion of the Midsumma Pride March route.
There are three Award categories, explained below.
Midsumma Pride March Award Categories
Peter Dewildt Award for Most Significant Message - awarded to the group with a timely and well-conveyed message of pride. This award honours the memory of Peter Dewildt (1953-2019) who was the first president of Pride March Victoria (now known as Midsumma Pride March).
Most Fabulous Award for Fantastically Frocked Group - awarded to a group who are fabulously dressed up, adorned and decorated for Midsumma Pride March.
Most Innovative Award for the Cleverest Float, Props or Theme - awarded to a group with an exciting and innovative float, props or theming for their marching group.
For the previous winners, please visit the Pride March Information page