This Sunday is Midsumma's Pride March, and we're strong encouraging any member that wants to to march with us this year! This post 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 5pm (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 1:00pm and 5:00pm, 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.
When & where to meet
Our marching group will be in Wave C, Group 10 (so C10). 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 email@example.com.
All groups are required to be at Muster by 1:30pm, 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 12:15pm. To help you out, here's a map of the muster area:
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 partly cloudy, with a top temperature of 28°C, although it appears that the march itself will be happening before the maximum is reached. We're recommending people bring their own water, and to stay sun smart - make sure to bring sunscreen! There will be places to refill drink bottles at the muster.
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 reasonably warm and there will be little shelter on the muster oval. 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 3:30 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. There will be food and music, so do come down and enjoy the festivities! Also, for those interested, one of our members Erin Kyan will be giving a short speech at the Gardens at around 4:25pm.
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. If you're planning to go to our January Gear Up tonight (Friday 27/01/17), Lee will also be on hand there to answer any questions you might have! We hope to see plenty of our members there!