An intersection in London looked a little bit different Wednesday morning. The night before, crews worked to paint the crosswalks of Dundas and Ontario Streets the colours of the rainbow. In May, London’s city council voted unanimously to paint the crosswalk rainbow colours in support of London Pride and the upcoming parade. Two councillors pushed the idea forward back in May. Jesse Helmer and Tanya Park were the councillors who proposed the idea.
London is joining many other Canadian cities by adding these multi coloured crosswalks. The intersection of Wellington and Dufferin is planned to be painted as well, although it has not been announced when. The two intersections are at the beginning and end of the Pride Parade. The crosswalks are expected to remain painted year-round but they do come within a few weeks of of the Pride parade in London. On July 24th the 22nd annual London Pride parade will be taking place. However, the parade is just one part of the Pride London Festival which will run from July 14-July2 24. For more information on the festival visit the website http://pridelondon.ca.
The project is a great way to create an inclusive city and to support people of all orientation.
History of the Rainbow Flag
In 1978, Gilbert Baker created the flag which originally consisted of eight colours each with its own meaning:
The original flag flew in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Pride Parade on June 25, 1978. More recent versions of the flag contain six stripes: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet.