‘Dream come true’: The Wickham gets huge rainbow crossing

The Wickham rainbow crossing outside Fortitude Valley venue
Image: The Wickham

A large rainbow crossing has been installed outside LGBTIQ+ pub The Wickham in Fortitude Valley.

The painted Progress Pride flag design stretches across the width of Alden Street alongside the inner-city venue.

The venue took to Instagram to thank the Brisbane City Council and Central Ward Councillor Vicki Howard for “making our rainbow crossing dreams come true” with the beautiful new installation on the side street.

Cr Howard (above left) said the inner-city street’s rainbow makeover is “a symbolic statement of our support for the LGBTIQ+ community” in Central Ward.

“The LGBTIQ+ community makes a huge contribution to our city,” she said.

“Central Ward is one of the most diverse places in this State and I love representing every single person in City Hall.

“I know this beautiful gesture will bring a smile to everyone who walks across it.”

Cr Howard added the stretch of Alden Street is now a 10km/hr Shared Zone due to high pedestrian traffic.


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The Wickham reopens after renovation

Last month, The Wickham reopened its doors after undergoing a $3.1 million revamp.

The venue’s major glow-up includes a transformed beer garden and two revitalised indoor social spaces.

Chief Operating Officer Craig Ellison earlier said the team are thrilled to welcome Brisbane’s LGBTQIA+ community back.

“As a historic Fortitude Valley icon, it was important for us to respect The Wickham’s heritage whilst bringing it into the future. We feel we’ve achieved this,” he said of the big renovation.

The Progress Pride rainbow crossing will also greet punters when the venue’s street party Big Gay Day returns this year.

The Wickham has confirmed this year’s Big Gay Day will take over Alden Street on Sunday, October 1.

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Jordan Hirst
Jordan Hirst

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