Victoria Gears Up for Pride Week with Three Rainbow Crosswalks Downtown

In the lead up to Pride Week, June 27 – July 5, the City of Victoria’s pride and support for the LGBTQ community is now permanently on display with the installation of three rainbow crosswalks in the 600 block of Pandora Avenue, at Broad Street. The crosswalks were installed yesterday when roads were closed for Car Free Day.
“Taking the lead from Edmonton and Vancouver, the City of Victoria is proud to mark a public space in the civic precinct as a place of pride and welcoming for all,” noted Mayor Lisa Helps.
Three, six-colour “Rainbow Pride” crosswalks are timed with Victoria Pride Week celebrations that kick off on Saturday, June 27 and culminate in the annual Pride Parade downtown on Sunday, July 5 from noon to 1 p.m. The parade runs along Government Street from Pandora Avenue to MacDonald Park in James Bay. For more information, visit:
The City will further demonstrate its support for the LGBTQ community when Mayor and Council raise the Pride flag on Monday, June 29 at 11 a.m. at City Hall. The flag will fly throughout Victoria Pride Week.
The rainbow flag, also known as the LGBTQ pride flag, has been in use since the 1970s to reflect the diversity of the LGBTQ community. Since 2008, the most common rainbow colours have consisted of six stripes, featuring the colours red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet.