ST. LOUIS, MO - Yesterday was an historic day for the City of St. Louis. Not only is St. Louis PrideFest right around the corner, but it was announced that the Recorder of Deeds, with Mayor Slay’s blessing, issued marriage licenses to four amazing same-sex couples.


What’s more, Pride St. Louis, Inc. surprised festival goers with the painting of rainbow cross walks at the entrance to festival at 14th and Chestnut streets. City Street Department crews began painting the cross walks at 3 a.m. Wednesday evening. The paint was courtesy of Pride St. Louis.


“The Board saw that Boston Pride, World Pride and others had the streets done and we thought it was time for us,” said Matt Harper, President of Pride St. Louis “All we had to do is provide the paint and get approval from Mayor Slay and the Street Department to paint.’’


#BOOM media asked one Street Department worker painting the crosswalk what he thought about the rainbow colors and the festival:


“I think it’s great,” he said. “One big celebration just like all the other parades and festivals and I’m excited to attend this weekend.’’


Indeed, the City of St. Louis is awash in rainbow finery from the glowing lights of the Civil Courts building, Soldier’s Memorial, Park Pacific Apartments and Lumière Place - to Pride flags flying high and proud at City hall and the Municipal Court building.


Pride St. Louis will be held this weekend June 28-29 at Soldier’s Memorial downtown.


Organizers expect the crosswalks, which are painted with house paint, could stay in place through July.



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