Pride March party to go ahead
Victoria's annual Pride March takes place on Sunday, February 2 but, despite earlier announcements it was cancelled, will now conclude with the traditional after party in St Kilda's Catani Gardens.
Speaking ahead of tonight’s Pride March launch outside the St Kilda Town Hall, president Matt Renwick told Gaynewsnetwork the board had earlier been forced to abandon the party due to costs.
However, last minute negotiations with local traders and the City of Port Phillip council, which were only finalised yestearday, meant the much loved party will now go ahead.
Renwick confirmed that the council and St Kilda Tourism Association, which includes the Fitzroy Street Traders have come together to support the after march party.
“They are taking on an event management role and taking on the risk for the event and we ask that everyone get down there and support them because once they break even all the money comes back to Pride March,” he said.
Renwich said there was further good news in that the council has expunged the $5,500 traffic management cost.
“We are now debt free and moving towards building up a few more cash reserves and becoming a more sustainable organisation.”
Renwick said tonight's launch will have Carlton footballer Brock McLean as a special guest. McLean, who marched last year, will speak about the Athlete Ally program which educates the sporting community towards ending homophobia and transphobia in sports.
Renwick said that Athlete Ally will be marching in Pride for the first time this year and that all members of the AFL Players Association have also been invited to march.
“Brock will certainly march again, and who knows how many other will be marching with him this year.”
Renwick also announced that that Prime Minister Tony Abbott's openly lesbian sister Christine Forster will be marching as well and her presence would attract additional media attention from around the country.
“So hopefully all we need now is good weather,” he said.
There are currently 100 registered groups from around the state taking part in this year's Pride March. An official after party will also take place that he GH hotel from 4pm and a fundraising cocktail brunch takes place at Hotel Urban, Fitzroy Street, St Kilda from 11am.
All attendees go in to the draw to win an accommodation package at the hotel.
For further information on Pride March, the fundraising brunch or to register your organisation visit Pride March Victoria