A rainbow crosswalk was painted in downtown Calgary on Thursday night in celebration of the 2016 Calgary Pride Festival.
It’s the second year Calgary has hosted the colourful creation; last year a Pride crosswalk was painted in the intersection of Macleod Trail and 8 Avenue S.E. in front of City Hall.
This year, the rainbow crosswalk is located in the intersection of 8 Avenue and Centre Street, near the Calgary Tower.
Initially, Calgary Pride feared there wouldn’t be enough money to create the crosswalk this year, as $4,000 was needed to make the project a reality.
However, the organization’s concerns were quickly put to rest thanks to the creation of a GoFundMe page which raised more than double their $4,000 goal.
“I think it speaks volumes,” Craig Sklenar with Calgary Pride explained. “This rainbow is a visual representation of our diversity here in Calgary.”
According to the GoFundMe page, the extra donations will go towards “supporting a more permanent representation of Pride” in Calgary.
The Calgary Pride Parade begins at noon on Sunday, Sept. 4, featuring Grand Marshal Rae Spoon. Organizers said the family-friendly event routinely sees upwards of 60,000 spectators.
To see a complete list of Calgary Pride Festival events you can visit the Calgary Pride website.
With files from Bindu Suri