Monday, February 26, 2024

Port Phillip prepped for Pride March

The rainbow road is painted and the pride flag is about to be unfurled as Port Phillip Council prepares for the Midsumma Pride March in St Kilda.

A Council contingent, including Councillors and members of the staff Pride Network, will be among the marchers on Sunday 5 February. The Council’s distinctive local laws beach buggy will be decked out in rainbow colours as they make their way down Fitzroy Street to Catani Gardens from 11am.

The transgender flag and inclusive pride flag – consisting of rainbow colours with additional brown and black stripes to be inclusive of LGBTIQA+ people of colour – will be raised at St Kilda Town Hall for Council’s Midsumma Flag Raising from 4 pm on Tuesday 31 January.

The inclusive progress pride flag – incorporating the inclusive, transgender and intersex flag colours – will fly atop the masthead of the St Kilda Town Hall for the first time until Sunday 6 February.

Mayor, Heather Cunsolo said the flags demonstrate Council’s commitment for Port Phillip to be an inclusive City for all members of the community, where people feel supported and comfortable being themselves and expressing their identities.

“Our longstanding support for the Pride March is another way we celebrate diversity and recognise the valuable contributions of our LGBTIQA+ community. Join the estimated 53,000 people celebrating the Pride March and stay to enjoy all that St Kilda offers including fantastic dining,” she said.

The vibrant colours of Council’s rainbow road in Jackson Street, off Fitzroy Street, which debuted in 2018, were restored this week for supporters to enjoy when gathering there to cheer on the marchers, the Mayor said.

There are 30 Midsumma Festival events in Port Phillip at spaces including Gasworks Arts Park, Theatre Works, Temperance Hall and the Victorian Pride Centre.

For the full Midsumma program and to buy tickets, go to: www.midsumma.org.au.

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