CALGARY – Calgary just got a lot more colourful. The city’s very first rainbow crosswalk was painted last night in preparation of the upcoming 25th Annual Calgary Pride Festival. Calgarians will be able to walk over the rainbow right in front of City Hall, on Macleod Trail and 8th Avenue.
“We are excited to be able to mark our 25th Anniversary with such a public display of inclusivity for the LGBTQA* community installed at the centre of the city,” says Calgary Pride President, Stephen Wright, “Having the rainbow crosswalk featured in such a prominent location sends an important message to Calgarians, and the rest of Canada, that this is a city where diversity is celebrated, and all are welcome regardless of who they love or how they identify.”
Calgary Pride is grateful for all the support they have received, from the city and private donors, in order to make a rainbow crosswalk in Calgary possible. A very special thanks to the City of Calgary Roads Department for their amazing job on the project.
Donations to help cover the costs of the Calgary Pride Rainbow Crosswalk can be still made at pridecalgary.ca/pridewalk.
The Calgary Pride Festival will be held from August 28 to September 7, 2015, culminating in the Pride Parade on September 6 at noon. Over 60,000 attendees are expected this year for the 25th anniversary of Calgary Pride.
Calgary Pride is a not for profit organization that advocates for the LGBTQA* community in our city and promotes a society free from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
For media inquiries, please contact Craig Sklenar, Director of Government Relations at 403-700-9061 or Media@PrideCalgary.ca.