Melbournians came out in droves for the 25th anniversary of the Midsumma Pride March in St Kilda today, with a team from the Greyhound Adoption Program creating an enormous impact.
The annual Pride March, which attracts audiences of more than 50,000 people each year, celebrates the LGTBI community.
GRV Chair Peita Duncan was overwhelmed at the popularity of the greyhounds on the day.
“The love for greyhounds and the Greyhound Adoption Program during the Pride March had to be seen to be believed. So many people were yelling out ‘oh my god, greyhounds’. It was unreal,” Ms Duncan said.
VIDEO: GRV Chair Peita Duncan moments before the Pride March.
“We are a diverse industry and it makes me feel proud to be doing this. We’ve got a lot of adopters here today and it’s great to be part of such a great event.”
Also among the GAP representatives were drag queens Adiva De Q (Rodney) and Chandon Moet (Sean), who adopted Barney at last month’s record-breaking three-day adoption event.
“This is our sixth (appearance at the) Pride March, and to do it with GAP today is awesome,” said Adiva De Q.
The march kicked off from Ian Johnson Oval, and continued down Fitzroy Street to Catani Gardens in a sea of colour before the post parade celebrations commenced.
The Midsumma Pride March is growing in popularity each year, and GRV and GAP fully appreciate the importance of fostering an inclusive society, industry and racing code.
VIDEO: Chandon Moet (left) and Adiva De Q (middle) chat to GRV’s Ben Pritchard.
VIDEO: GAP had a popular presence during the Pride March.
VIDEO: Greyhounds get among the fun.
VIDEO: GAP adopter Ailsa on why the Pride March is close to her heart.