Trader Information Victoria's Pride

Melbourne Pride 2022. Photo by Nikki Russian Photography.

The annual event will be newly named Victoria’s Pride (previously Melbourne Pride) and will be held across the state for the next four years to support and celebrate our rainbow communities. 

Victoria’s Pride will kick off in December with a series of regional activities, culminating in a one-day street party in Melbourne’s iconic Gertrude and Smith Street precinct on Sunday 12 February 2023 - more event details to come

The event will provide an opportunity for people across the state to demonstrate their pride in and support for LGBTQIA+ communities, as well as for LGBTQIA+ people to connect with one another and feel represented. 

Victoria’s Pride builds on the success of Melbourne Pride, a statewide event held across the 2021-22 summer to mark more than 40 years since the decriminalisation of sex between men in Victoria.  

Midsumma will again deliver Victoria’s Pride in partnership with the Victorian Government. 

 

 

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We look forward to working with local businesses to maximise this opportunity for the next event, and to help attendees on the day engage with your businesses.

The strong historical and significant LGBTQIA+ connection to Melbourne’s Inner North will be at the heart of the celebration. With the support of the Yarra City Council, Midsumma are delighted to deliver this event amongst the vibrant streets of Fitzroy and Collingwood, activating sections of Smith St, Gertrude St and Peel Park.

Midsumma anticipates this event will attract over 38,000 people (attendance in 2022) to the area throughout the day and early evening. Approved road closures will enable the event precinct to remain focused on safe, pedestrian flow.

Program: From 11AM to 9PM, free, family-friendly activities will include live entertainment, community stalls and interactive demonstrations, open to the general public. Midsumma are committed to providing culturally and creatively diverse content and the program will include a broad range of artists and speakers. 

Participation: Midsumma want you to get creative and be involved! We encourage special offers that highlight local businesses, promotion of parklets as ‘front row’ viewing, Pride aligned décor and interactive shop front displays. Do you have a performance space, a large screen or a dance floor? There is ample opportunity to be part of the event and we would love to hear your ideas!

Site Plan: The event site design has taken note of existing infrastructure along Smith St and Gertrude St. If you have big plans that may change the current footprint of street and sidewalk space, please get in touch.

Safety: Safety is at the forefront of Midsumma event and management plans. Melbourne Pride will be delivered as a COVIDSafe event following guidelines provided and updated by the government.

Please note: Venues operating aligned events within the precinct do not require official registration to participate, but if you would like to receive direct updates please join the Traders mailing list below. 

Trader Updates are emailed to our trader mailing list every few weeks. It's really important that you read them and forward them to anyone else in your team who might need to be across important information from us. They are full of exciting opportunities as well as tips and advice for getting involved with Victoria's Pride. For your reference, previously emailed updates are listed below.

2023 Trader Updates

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Victoria's Pride Street Party

Sunday 12 February 2023

Melbourne’s iconic Gertrude and Smith Streets will once again be transformed into an extravagant street party – with two live music stages and performances from musicians and artists – to celebrate Victoria’s diverse LGBTQIA+ communities on Sunday 12 February 2022.

What is Victoria's Pride?

A landmark program of pride events and projects will return to Victoria this summer as part of a statewide celebration of LGBTQIA+ communities. Victoria’s Pride (previously Melbourne Pride) will be held across the state from December to February, with events in regional and rural areas. The tour of state-wide events will culminate into a full-day and night street party in Melbourne’s iconic Gertrude and Smith Street precinct on Sunday 12 February 2023 (one week after the annual Midsumma Pride March.)

Victoria's Pride Street Party FAQs

Victoria's Pride a statewide event and official programming on the event outdoor stages is committed to highlighting a majority of Victorian-based talent.    

Midsumma encourages all the fabulous LGBTQIA+ venues in the Yarra precinct to be involved and mark this momentous occasion. There is no need to officially register to participate or run an aligned event, but conversation about how support can best be provided is welcome and Midsumma will assist with promoting aligned venues and activities.              

The event itself will be alcohol-free and temporary food services will be kept to a minimum. Attendees will be encouraged to explore local food and beverage traders throughout the day.

Midsumma have engaged a professional Cleaning and Waste Management Company. Waste management staff will ensure that facilities are regularly cleaned and sanitized, waste is promptly removed and garden areas are kept tidy.

Additional rubbish bins, toilets and hand washing facilities will be on site for operations and removed once the event has concluded. 

Temporary food services and single-use items will be kept to a minimum, as attendees will be encouraged to explore and support local food and beverage traders throughout the day.

Midsumma have contracted public event security specialists to oversee and manage crowd behaviour at Victoria's Pride Street Party. Event staff, Volunteers and First Aid Staff will assist in monitoring entrances to the event site.

This event is designed to support increased patronage for local traders and not to compete with them in any way. There will be no alcohol permitted into the closed event site and bag checks, ensuring no alcohol is brought onto the site, will be conducted upon entry.

Patrons wishing to purchase food and beverages are encouraged to visit and support one of the many wonderful local traders in the area.

Road closures will be in place for Victoria's Pride Street Party to prioritise pedestrian traffic and safety.

Midsumma’s professional risk management consultants and traffic management team have designed a comprehensive Traffic Management Plan that has been reviewed and approved by the Yarra City Council.    

Traffic Controllers will be positioned in key areas of the precinct to allow for smooth flow of local traffic and to provide information at road closures.

More information about road closures and traffic management will be available on the website closer to the event.    

Midsumma have contracted public event security specialists to oversee and manage crowd behaviour at Victoria's Pride Street Party. Event personnel, including staff, volunteers and First Aid professionals will assist in monitoring.

In addition to this, a dedicated and central Event Operations Centre with representatives from Midsumma, Yarra City Council, Emergency Services, Public Transport Victoria, First Aid, Traffic management controllers and Victoria Police will be in place, and will maintain constant radio contact with all event staff on the ground.

Midsumma respects the Yarra City Council’s commitment to provide a liveable, supportive
environment for all of its residents. The event will comply with policies regulating all noise affecting public places, either by its nature or volume. The site plan has been curated to ensure that generated noise is funnelled towards the audience and away from residencies. Stage announcements will request attendees to leave in a quiet and orderly manner.

The location and event style of Victoria's Pride is an initiative of the State Government of Victoria and was announced by the Premier and relevant Minister.    

Midsumma recognises the strong historical and significant part that LGBTQIA+ operated and aligned businesses and events in the Yarra area must play in the broader scope of Melbourne’s queer histories.

Victoria's Pride has the capacity to not only support and celebrate our artists, creative industries, and diverse communities, but also generate significant economic benefits to the Yarra area and its local businesses, particularly relevant after the hardships experienced through lengthy pauses in trade.

The live street party event is part of a broader Statewide group of events commemorating the significance of the year.

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