ACCESSIBILITY AT PRIDEFEST 2021 EVENTS
PrideFEST is a festival which celebrates diversity of and inclusivity within our community. Everyone is welcome to celebrate their Pride in a safe, respectful environment.
Since July 2021, Pride WA has been working with Living Proud’s Queer & Accessible Project to assist its events, in particular the hallmark Fairday and Parade events in becoming more accessible for patrons and participants with disabilities. This is a major step forward for Pride WA and we are excited to introduce new access enhancements to improve the experience for the disability community.
These measures include:
- Priority viewing areas for people with disability near the stage at Fairday and Parade. Of course, disabled patrons have a choice of whether they want to be in the priority viewing area or view the events with friends and family from other vantage points
- Auslan interpreters for hearing impaired at both events
- Audio description for visually impaired at both events
- Quiet spaces for persons with sensory challenges
- Accessibility Concierge at Fairday to assist disabled patrons
- Supplementary disabled toilets at Fairday and Parade, including at the Parade entrants’ marshalling area
- Free Transperth shuttle buses to and from the Parade with ramps and wheelchair access. These buses will depart from the Cat bus stop on the corner of Wellington and Barrack Streets from 4.15-7.15pm and from Hale St (outside the WACA) from 9.15 -11.15pm. Buses depart at 5-minute intervals or as soon as the bus is full, and each Transperth bus can accommodate 2 standard wheelchairs.
Note: limited ACROD bays may be available at CPP Queens Gardens and Waterloo Crescent carparks. Nelson Cr and Nelson Ave will be closed from 4.30 – 11pm.
For those with disabilities who are worried about their experience of marching at Gloucester Park, we have been assured by its operators that the track on the day will be compacted so it is as hard as bitumen. Gloucester Park has in the past hosted a wide variety of events on their track, including Run For A Reason and BMX races, and have the equipment to adjust the surface to clients’ requirements. If persistent wet weather adversely affects the suitability of the track on Parade Day, a decision will be made by the organisers.
In recent weeks, we have responded to concerns from various parties ranging from motorcycle riders to wheelchair users by arranging for test runs on the track, and test users were more than satisfied with the suitability of the track. The track is approx. 860m in length on the outer edge. In real terms, it takes about half the time to march around the Gloucester Park track than it would normally on the streets of Northbridge.
We hope this provides users with sufficient information to allay any concerns and make an informed decision. We know there is always more that could be done, but we hope these initiatives are a step in the right direction and are grateful for the assistance provided by Living Proud and agencies which support them.
To book a spot in the priority viewing areas or find out more about accessibility this PrideFEST, please contact Living Proud at facebook.com/LivingProudWA. To avoid disappointment, bookings are strongly encouraged.