The crosswalks in Old Strathcona were painted rainbow for last year’s Pride Parade. Just one year later and they’ve already faded. Luckily, they will be getting a fresh coat of paint just in time for this year’s Pride Parade.
With that said, the city is still looking for a permanent location for rainbow crosswalks within the city, and isn’t quite sure at the moment if the ones painted last year are going to be the permanent home of Edmonton’s rainbow crosswalks. But because a decision has not been made – even a full year later – they will be repainting the same ones that were painted last year.
The city is also notably looking into ways to prevent the paint from fading over Edmonton’s harsh winters, but has not come up with a solution for that as of yet.
These rainbow crosswalks were a pilot project, and according to Emil Tiedmann; the communications director for Pride festival, the pilot project was a complete success with support coming in from most Edmontonians.
DON’T FORGET — Edmonton’s 36th annual Pride festival is happening June 3rd to June 12th, with the Pride parade itself occurring in Old Strathcona on June 4th. For more information, visit edmontonpride.ca.