Thousands flock to Fitzroy, Collingwood for Melbourne’s LGTQIA+ street party

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Melbourne’s CBD on Sunday for a one-day street party celebrating the city’s LGBTQIA+ communities.

Dressed in the rainbow LGBTQIA+ flag, revellers flocked to Gertrude St in Fitzroy and Smith St in Collingwood for Victoria’s annual Pride Street Party.

The event, which is supported by the state government, included live music performances, keynote addresses, community stalls, and a circus.

For the city’s LGBTQIA+ community, the event also marks the end of the three-week Midsumma festival which was this year marked by controversy.

The annual Midsumma Pride Parade in St Kilda descended into chaos after a small group of protesters clashed with police marching in the event.

Protesters were seen doused in paint and carrying banners targeting police, though Commissioner Shane Patton said officers would return next year.

Originally published as Thousands flock for Melbourne’s LGTQIA+ street party