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D.C.’s LGBT community will be celebrated with rainbow crosswalks on 17th Street NW

Just in time for the Pride Parade!

The corner of 17th and Church streets NW.
Photo via Ted Eytan

For the month of June, which is LGBT Pride Month, Washington, D.C. has a lot planned, from the Pride Parade to now painting crosswalks. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) recently approved painting crosswalks on 17th Street NW rainbow colors in order to celebrate the LGBT community.

The rainbow crosswalks will only be temporary, but they will be painted this Saturday, just in time for the Pride Parade.

The idea of painting a D.C. crosswalk originated from ANC 2B05 Commissioner Randy Downs and was supported by Councilmember David Grosso.

According to a press release, the DDOT has also coordinated with the Department of Energy and the Environment on their Storm Drain Mural Project, operated in partnership with the Anacostia Watershed Society. With the hopes to promote LGBT identity as well as raise awareness of storm drains as a connection to our local waterways, the DDOT is seeking artists to create designs for storm drain murals along 17th Street NW.

17th Street About to Get way more Colorful [PoPville]