Melbourne Pride - A Road to Pride

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Victoria

Melbourne Pride - A Road to Pride

To commemorate this anniversary, we acknowledge the courage and resilience of our LGBTQIA+ community. Melbourne Pride will celebrate with live performances, music, circus, interactive activities, community stalls and demonstrations. In a contemporary exploration of festivities, we will embark on a journey of equality through inspirational arts, community involvement, food, and culture.

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Melbourne Pride is a State Government initiative, delivered by festival partner Midsumma (of course!). The event is designed to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Victoria. 

Melbourne Pride will be a one-day festival on Sunday 13 February in the city's inner north, within the Gertrude St/Smith St precinct, Fitzroy. Don't worry, we didn't forget about regional, rural or remote folks; we have been busy working behind the scenes to make sure everyone in Vic has the opportunity to celebrate!

The event will showcase live performances, music, circus, keynote speakers, activities, community stalls and interactive demonstrations. Melbourne Pride is intended to have a significant state-wide impact with:

  • Regional Events - activations and events across regional Victoria leading up to the Melbourne Pride city based street party event. 
  • A livestream of Melbourne Pride (link coming soon), which will air on Midsumma's Facebook and YouTube, capturing the event for remote viewers. The livestream will showcase digital performances and interviews, and give you a look at what is happening on the day at the festival. The best part is, you can watch the livestream from ANYWHERE. 

Midsumma will also provide an Audio Described (link coming soon) version of the livestream at Melbourne Pride, presented by Midsumma and Description Victoria. 


*If you are a Trader or Resident in the City of Yarra, please visit our Melbourne Pride information page


Midsumma continues to work with the State Government to determine the safest way to deliver the event. 



We will be able to reveal our program VERY soon!

Melbourne Pride 2021 event FAQs

Last updated: Thursday 7 October 2021

Safety is at the forefront of Midsumma event and management plans. The Midsumma Festival team has worked for the past 18 months developing and implementing plans for COVIDSafe events following advice from Government, Health and Industry partners.

Prior Midsumma events have been attended and audited by local and state governing authorities and have been commended for the attention to detail through planning and for the systems put in place during events that keep staff and attendees informed and as safe as possible.

For “Melbourne Pride 2021- A Road to Pride”, Midsumma has submitted a COVIDSafe Event Plan and is currently awaiting review. In the meantime, Midsumma continues to develop a range of plans to meet all expected requirements and is informed by the most recent developments and State Government announcements.

Final decisions on the event’s approval, site, scale, and operations will be determined and approved by the State Government’s COVIDSafe public events team within the Health Department.

COVIDSafe measures will be in place across the event precinct and there will be Terms and Conditions for entry. Measures that Midsumma expect to implement include:    

  • COVIDSafe Compliance Officers overseeing the entire operation
  • COVIDSafe Marshals and Area Wardens
  • Mandatory QR Code Scan In and multiple check points
  • Cashless Stalls and Vendors
  • Reduced crowd/patron capacity
  • Clear site design encouraging social distancing and reduced congestion
  • Signage informing of current public health measures
  • Additional toilet/hand washing facilities
  • Increased site cleaning & sanitising of high touch areas
  • Access to masks and sanitiser
  • Delineated entry/exits and one-way queuing systems
  • Isolation points near First Aid facilities for anyone displaying symptoms

All staff and volunteers are trained in basic COVIDSafe awareness and infection control. 

Midsumma will also ensure that external contractors and suppliers are informed about and adhere to industry standards relevant to their areas of activity, and that these are reflected in their SafeWork Method Statements.

Midsumma will follow guidelines as provided and updated by the government and when Melbourne Pride 2021 receives approval for the COVIDSafe Event Plan, details will be shared on the website and provided to all participants.

“Melbourne Pride 2021 – A Road to Pride” is currently planned for Sunday 5 December 2021.

Midsumma has submitted a COVIDSafe Event Plan and is currently awaiting advice from the Government about how the newly released Vic Roadmap will impact events moving forward.

Changes to the submitted plan might be necessary to align with restriction levels once the new State Government’s Public Events Framework has been announced. Midsumma are in close communication with the relevant authorities and will follow all public event guidelines provided by the government.

Several scaled-back versions and contingency options are undergoing review, but in the meantime, the festival team are still working hard towards presenting an event on the original date.

Any changes made to “Melbourne Pride 2021 – A Road to Pride” will be communicated through multiple channels as soon as possible.

The location and event style of “Melbourne Pride 2021 – A Road to 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.

“Melbourne Pride 2021 – A Road to Pride” has the capacity to not only support and celebrate our artists, creative industries, and diverse communities, but also generate significant economic benefit 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.

“Melbourne Pride 2021 – A Road to Pride” is a State Government event, which Midsumma has been contracted to deliver. This is a significant and commemorative event in Victoria’s Queer history, specifically designed to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Victoria.

This celebration provides an opportunity for reflection on the historical journey that has passed, but also acknowledges and encourages active thought and strategy about the journey that is still to come.

This event is an opportunity to build on the Victorian State Government’s LGBTIQA+ Strategy, which guides continued efforts towards achieving equality through legislative reform, policy and inclusive programs.

Alongside a memorable and exciting event day, “Melbourne Pride 2021 – A Road to Pride” has the potential to leave an accessible and lasting legacy with regard to engagement and connections, community capacity building and resource development through website content, documentation, photography, art work and performance.

This event is intended to have a significant state-wide impact, working to connect and engage LGBTQIA+ people, their allies and diverse communities across Victoria, with a particular focus on including rural and regional participation both in the lead up to the event and on the event day via live streaming and pre-recorded content.

Event & ticketing details

Dates & Times

WHEN Sun 13 Feb 11am-9pm


Gertrude St Precinct

Gertrude St / Smith St, Fitzroy

Get directions


86 to stop 15

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