Midsumma Pride March Registration

Midsumma Pride March 2020 by J Forsyth

Join the spectacular act of unity that is Midsumma Pride March

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.

 

Registrations for Midsumma Pride March 2022 have now closed.

See details of the 2022 Midsumma Pride March event (6 Feb 2022).

View the Midsumma Pride March Participants Briefing (held online on Wednesday 2 February 2022).

How do I register to march?

Registrations for Midsumma Pride March 2022 have now been closed.

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?

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, 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, 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 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!

 

Please see Accessibility in the Midsumma Pride March 2022 event to see what accessibility facilities are provided.

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.

 

Download the Midsumma Pride March 2022 MAP (PDF 171 KB) >>

  • Marchers' Assembly: At the Ian Johnson Oval on the corner of Lakeside Drive and Fitzroy St - see Participant Drop Off Area map (PDF 431 KB).
  • Vehicle Assembly: Lakeside Drive (next to the Ian Johnson Oval) - see Vehicle Marshalling Area map (PDF 10.4 MB) and Motor Cycle Participants Entry map (PDF 727 KB).
  • Marching Route: Proceeds down Fitzroy St and ends in Catani Gardens, St Kilda - see above map.
  • End of March: Marchers will turn right and enter Catani Gardens via the pedestrian crossing. Vehicles will turn right onto Beaconsfield Parade.
  • Road Closures Overview: see the Road Closures and Supplier Access map (PDF 432 KB)

Maps - Getting There

Map showing tram access routes during Midsumma Pride MarchTRAM ROUTES: The red lines indicate where trams will be running throughout the event, even while Fitzroy Street is closed for the March.

Open larger Tram Access Map >> (Google map)

 

BUS Diversions: routes 600, 922 & 923 >> (PDF 413 KB)

CYCLING routes during Midsumma Pride March >> (Google map)

 


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.

2022 Midsumma Pride March Marching Order >>

How is the marching order decided?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  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.
  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. 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.
  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.

 

Please see Getting There in the Midsumma Pride March 2022 event to see the best options for getting to Midsumma Pride March in 2022.


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

A man on a bicycle at Midsumma Pride March - the bicycle and the man are adorned in rainbow acoutrement

Midsumma Pride March 2022 Marching Order

Midsumma Pride March 2022 Marching Order

Midsumma Pride March 2022 Event

Midsumma Pride March 2022 Event
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