This Sunday, January 29th 2018, is Midsumma's Pride March, and we're strongly encouraging any member that wants to to march with us this year! This email is to prepare anyone who wishes to march on Sunday, so that things run as smoothly as possible!
How to get there
Due to the large crowds of people and less parking than usual due to the closure of Fitzroy St, we're strongly recommending people arrive by Public Transport if that's an option for you. The 3a, 16 and 96 trams will be running normal schedules until 1:30pm, after which they'll stop running down Fitzroy St until approximately 5:30pm (although they will still run, please see this link for further details), and the Route 12 trams to Park St/Fitzroy St St Kilda will operate to a normal timetable. Please be aware that Fitzroy St will be closed between 1:30pm and 5:30pm, so people choosing to drive in should plan their routes accordingly. There is a drop off zone for people at the mustering area on Lakeside Dr (see the map below), but there is no official parking for marchers, so again, drivers plan accordingly.
Also be aware that there are a much larger number of other road closures this year during and around the march, in particular Beaconsfield Parade and the Esplanade will be closed around the march and Catani Gardens. Please see this link for a full list of road closures and times.
When & where to meet
Our marching group will be in Wave F, Group 3 (so F3). All marchers will muster at the Oval nearest St Kilda Sport Club, near the corner of Lakeside Dr and Fitzroy St. You are NOT required to register yourself at the Sports Club this year, so simply head to the Oval and come and find us. There will be marshals on the day to help you find us, so if you do get lost feel free to ask a marshal!
The VicLeather committee contact on the day will be Lee, so if you have any issues, you can give him a contact on his mobile, 0401 304 434. You can also contact him before the day on the same mobile, or email the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Two of our members, Tara Nipe and Pup Spicer will be on the ground as well to help people out.
Our group is required to be at Muster by 1:30pm for a 2:00pm march start, so please make sure to allow extra time so you can get there before the deadline, and Lee will be making sure he's at Muster by 12:30pm. To help you out, here's a map of the March and Muster area:
The entire march route is wheelchair accessible (as is Catani Gardens at the end of the march). VicLeather will also have a car available during the march, and three seats are currently available for people who'd like to march, but may not physically be able to do so. Due to the limited number of seats, we recommend contacting Lee prior to arriving (on 0401 304 434 or at email@example.com) if this is something you are likely to need.
What to Bring & Wear
We strongly encourage members marching with us to proudly wear their Leathers for this march, but wearing your Leathers is not required. If you're not wearing your leathers, we'd like to ask that you try to wear Leather colours (so Black, White, Red and Blue) to try and keep our section well-coordinated. Whatever you decide to wear for Pride March, please make sure that it is street legal.
Current weather forecasts are saying that the weather on the day will be hot and humid, with a top temperature of 39°C. We're recommending people bring their own water (make sure it is not in a glass container, as these are banned this year by City of Port Phillip, see below), and to stay sun smart - make sure to bring sunscreen! We will have sunscreen for people to use on the day as well. There will be places to refill drink bottles at the muster, and at the end of the march route in Catani Gardens. There is limited shade around the muster area, but not in the muster area itself, so do keep this in mind.
You are welcome to bring Leather Flags if you have any, or anything else you'd like to use to celebrate (but again, keep it street legal), and we will have a number of flags available for people to carry on the day as well. Again, we'd recommend that people bring water, as conditions will be very hot. Since we are marching, we'd recommend that you otherwise try to pack light for the day where possible.
After the March
After the march there will be an family event at Catani Gardens from around 3:30pm onwards, which we'll be hanging around for. If you want to see us on the day but aren't up for marching, you're welcome to come find us at Catani Gardens (although again, be aware of road closures around Catani gardens this year). There will be food and music, so do come down and enjoy the festivities!
With that said, be aware that the City of Port Phillip has placed restrictions on glass bottles and alcohol around the St Kilda foreshore area, so you are not allowed to bring your own alcohol or glass bottles to Pride March or Catani Gardens this year. Midsumma is providing a licensed bar at Catani Gardens where alcohol is available, as well as food trucks to provide non-alcoholic drinks.
We're looking forward to see our members at the March, or after the March! Again, if you have any concerns at all, please contact the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Lee on 0401 304 434. We hope to see plenty of our members there!