July 29, 2013 8:02 pm
Updated: July 29, 2013 8:22 pm

Rainbow coloured crosswalk graces Davie Street as Pride Week kicks off

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‘Pride colours’ were front and center at the intersection of Davie and Bute today.

The crosswalk at the intersection of the two streets has been painted in colours of the rainbow, the original colours of the gay pride flag.

The permanent tribute was unveiled this morning by city councillor Tim Stevenson.

“From all the reactions we are getting so far, it is being very well received,” says Stevenson.

He says last year’s trial at Denman and Davie was very successful, so it led to the talks of a permanent installation.

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Stevenson says today’s crosswalk dedication marks the most support the city has ever shown toward the local LGBT community.

“We have a very inclusive city. Everyone is welcome in our city. It is the same with the gay community. We have come a long, long way. When I came up 35 years ago, the situation was not as it is today.”

The cost of the installation and the development of the plaza across the street is about $25,000.

Today’s ceremony marked the official start of Pride Week, a celebration of the LGBT community that will culminate with Sunday’s Pride Parade – the 35th anniversary of Pride in Vancouver.

More than 650,000 people are expected to attend the parade.

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