A rainbow pedestrian crossing has been installed across the Cairns Esplanade overnight, coinciding with the start of the Tropical Mardi Gras festival.
Cairns Regional Council has shown its support for the festival by rolling out a rainbow pedestrian crossing, similar to that which has previously graced Sydney’s Oxford Street for Sydney Mardi Gras.
Council’s Cultural Services Committee Chair Cr Linda Cooper (pictured below, second from left) said the crossing would likely become a star attraction and encouraged everyone in Cairns to snap and share selfies with it.
“The crossing is one small way we can show our support for this wonderful event that celebrates equality, our LGBT+ community and the tropical paradise in which we live,” Cr Cooper said.
“The crossing is sure to become a focal point for the city and we expect there to be plenty of selfies taken with it.”
Tropical Mardi Gras President Ben Woodward (pictured below, left) said the crossing came as a pleasant surprise for the festival’s committee.
“This had been floated as concept several weeks ago, but we only found out that it was actually happening the day before it was installed,” he said.
“We have all been very touched by this gesture of support from our local Council – for me personally, as a born and bred local, it’s quite moving to see this in my hometown.”
The rainbow crossing will remain in place until Tropical Mardi Gras finishes on October 9.
Tropical Mardi Gras commenced on Friday with its popular launch party, The Love Boat Cruise on Trinity Inlet on Friday evening, and its annual Splash Pool Party, featuring DJ Dan Murphy and drag superstar Vollie La Vont, at the Cairns Hilton on Sunday. For the full lineup of events across north Queensland and to purchase tickets, visit the Tropical Mardi Gras website.
(Photo courtesy of Tropical Mardi Gras)