While we encourage you to dream big about your Parade Entry, there are a few guidelines to ensure that the Parade is safe and aligned with Pride WA values. Entries may be checked prior to the commencement of the Parade by both Pride WA and WA Police so please consider the following when producing your entry.
Each individual entry must provide one designated Float Marshal to act as the official liaison and emergency contact between the Entrant group and Pride WA. Responsibilities include:
B. HANDOUTS AND THROWING OBJECTS
Handouts, including any kinds of confectionery or food, are not permitted in the Parade. Objects must not be thrown on the Parade route or thrown to audience members. Please note that anyone found handing out things such as this, or to have them in possession at the Start Area may be asked to leave the Start Area and not participate in the Parade.
Entrants must follow the directions of Pride WA, WA Police, Security and Volunteers at all times. All Entrants must respect other Entrant groups, as well as display consideration for the audience, which will include family groups and children.
Pride WA believes in providing a safe space for ALL participants. Any participating individuals or groups found threatening or inciting ill will against other individuals, marching groups, Pride WA or officials during or before the Parade (including on social media and other channels) will be disqualified and/or extracted from the Parade and potentially referred to WA Police. Please be respectful to each other and ensure all participants in your group abide by this.
Participants are also not allowed to invite or encourage members of the audience to enter the Parade route during the Parade. This is a public safety issue and could also cause unnecessary delays to the Parade.
The Parade will be recorded for online web stream, as well as photographed from various media outlets. Your Entrant group’s participation in the Parade constitutes permission to authorise official Pride WA media partners to video, photograph, record and transmit the messages, signage, participants and vehicles/floats from your Parade entry. You are responsible for notifying your participants that they may be captured on film for broadcast use.
Any photographs or video recordings of the Parade taken by your own photographer or videographer must be made available, if requested, to Pride WA. Pride WA will endeavour to credit the photographer/group which captured the image or footage.
E. MOVEMENT AND CHOREOGRAPHY
As a general rule, there must be at least a 1.5 metre gap between your group and the Entrant group in front of you whilst on route.
Pride WA aims to curate a Parade with exciting messaging that tells a story to our audience. The Parade order is an important part of this decision-making process and while consideration will be given to factors such as participants’ ages and abilities, the final Parade order is at the sole discretion of the Pride WA Parade team. Entrants will be advised of their position at the Entrants Briefing.
On Parade day, all Entrants must line up in the section to which they have been assigned at the designated time and location. Each group must stay in its section for the duration of the Parade. Pride WA Start Marshalling Volunteers will be at your assigned block to help ensure proper line-up.
Your total number must include your drivers and all participants riding on your vehicle, any photographers or videographers, and any technical crew required for your float.
H. PARTICIPANT PERSONAL SAFETY
We will run through safety and security in more detail as part of the Entrants Briefing on Thurs 16 November, 6pm (at Hackett Hall, WA Museum/Boola Bardip). It is important that you are aware of the following:
Pride WA, WA Police and Security have the right to remove from the Parade any persons who are found to be intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, or a physical danger to other participants or spectators.
I. WRISTBANDS, OTHER PARADE ID AND COVID-19/ HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS
Pride WA will again be implementing wristbands to ensure safety of all participants. Wristbands will be handed out at the Entrants Briefing only and Float Marshals must check wristbands/ID before leaving the briefing.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, please encourage your participants to take adequate precautions such as carrying and using hand sanitiser, maintaining sensible social distancing and minimising physical contact with others, including audience members. If they are unwell on the day, they must not participate. Pride WA will not be responsible for any consequences resulting from a COVID-19 outbreak, and participation is at your own risk.
Finally, please also note that for the health and comfort of other participants and spectators, the Parade is a non-smoking event and participants should refrain from smoking at Start Area or along the Parade route.
J. PRODUCT/ SERVICES ADVERTISMENT AND SAMPLING
To maintain the integrity of the Parade, product and service advertisement and sampling is not permitted.
Businesses and organisations can represent themselves but cannot advertise specific products or campaigns. This includes bar nights, parties, special events, organisational campaigns and political messages.
Restricted items include animals (excluding registered assistance animals), balloons, glitter cannons, fire, open flames, pyrotechnics (fireworks), flares, fire batons, fire breathing, sparklers, sparks, welding, weapons or imitation weapons, hazardous or flammable goods and goods prohibited by law. We also strictly control the use of Projectiles and remote-controlled devices including any kind of drone, helicopters, planes and cars.
Other restrictions include full-frontal nudity of lower genitalia, solicitation of funds, and campaigning.
Laws relating to the use of public space, defamation, car registration, driving under the influence, the consumption of alcohol and other drugs all remain in place during the Parade.
L. SUSTAINABILITY AND WASTE MANAGEMENT
Vehicles can add a lot to an Entry by carrying people, lights and sound equipment or being transformed into a moving piece of art. The front of your vehicle is what the audience first sees, and the sides of your vehicle is what they will see for the longest period. Try to find inventive ways of decorating the vehicle to maximise the visibility of your entry’s creative concept.
You must provide Pride WA with your two drivers’ names, licence numbers, mobile phone numbers and consent for WA Police to perform general background checks. We work closely with WA Police for the safety of all participants and spectators.
The maximum dimensions of this vehicle, including all additions and adornments is: 2.4m wide, 4.3m high and 11m long. These measurements are non-negotiable and are enforced due to external factors such as overhanging street signs, maintaining emergency lanes and ensuring vehicles can safely navigate the route. We will expect the precise vehicle measurements, make/model details and registration number to be supplied in your application.
O. FINANCIAL SUPPORTERS’ GUIDELINES [WHERE COMMUNITY GROUPS ARE SUPPORTED BY A THIRD PARTY]
[NOTE: FINANCIAL SUPPORTERS ARE DIFFERENT TO PRIDE WA PARTNERS]
The large Parade audience offers businesses a valuable opportunity to promote their support for the LGBTQIA+ communities whilst at the same time assisting community groups to fund their entry. We acknowledge that without financial support from businesses, many community Parade entries would not be possible or as fabulous as they would otherwise be!
Equally, Pride WA would simply not exist without the generous financial support of our Partners. The revenue that comes from these partnerships is a significant funding source for the operational delivery of the Parade. Corporate partners make up a small proportion of Parade floats with the remainder allocated to community.
Community organisations are permitted to show branding and acknowledge the support of any business or organisation (unless stipulated in the category exclusions below), within the Branding Guidelines specified below.
All financial supporters must be disclosed upon application of your parade Entry. Pride WA reserves the right to request further information on the background of your supporter and make further decisions about its suitability for the parade outside this criterion.
Pride WA will not accept financial supporters or entries from escort agencies, brothels and tobacco companies.
Entries are allowed to show a message from their supporter in two locations on their Entry as stipulated below. This message must show support for the LGBTQIA+ community or issues that are relevant to LGBTQIA+ community.
There is no specific form for the wording of your supporter’s message, although the message will need to be approved by Pride WA. It should mean something to you and your supporter, be real and relevant to the LGBTQIA+ community. Ideally it should align with the message of your Entry. Remember, the important thing from your supporter is their demonstration of support, not their brand.
No branding or sponsors messaging are allowed on costumes other than sporting uniforms with pre-existing sponsors acknowledgement (e.g. football or netball jerseys).
You must detail the names of any supporters and their message on your application form. Pride WA reserves the right to deny supporter signage if it conflicts these guidelines and/or with agreements with Pride WA’s partners.
We will not accept or allow entry on Parade Day unless we have pre-approved your application AND your signage and messaging matches what has been approved. Pride WA reserves the right to cover or remove any signage that does not comply with the above guidelines.