ST. LOUIS – The Civil Courts building will be ablaze in rainbow lighting once again this year for St. Louis PrideFest thanks to the support of a local foundation.


The Gateway Foundation, with support from Pride St. Louis, Inc. and Ironman Sound, has come on board with a $7,500 matching grant to light the iconic landmark which sits at the edge of festival grounds and at the heart of the St. Louis skyline.


Gateway has previously paid to light the Gateway Arch and provided funding for the creation of City Garden and all of its artwork.


According to Pride St. Louis, Judge Philip Heagney, Presiding Judge Division 1, approved the use of the lights and Alderman Shane Cohn helped facilitate approval from the City of St. Louis.


Completed in 1930, The Civil Courts Building (located at 10. N. Tucker), with its pyramid shaped roof is a centerpiece of the city skyline and framed by the Gateway Arch from the Mississippi. The building was first lit up in pride colors last year when a St. Louis-based company plugged in 60 LED light fixtures onto the landmark turning the upper portion into a prismatic rainbow in late June.


According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Alderman Cohn, who is openly gay, used money from a capital improvement fund that is given to him and other aldermen each year to pay for last year’s lighting of the Civil Court building after securing matching donation from a private company.


“The rainbow lightning was a defining element of PrideFest 2013,” says Matt Harper, president of Pride St. Louis. “The city of St. Louis really showed their support as an ally. With the help of the Honorable Judge Philip Heagney, Alderman Shane Cohn, the Gateway Foundation, and Ironman Sound Industries we are going to have that ionic element back for PrideFest 2014. It's wonderful to have so much support from so many people and the city to make the lighting of the Civil Courts building possible.”


Also being lit up again this year to celebrate PrideFest will be the Park Pacific apartment building and Soldier’s Memorial (which will be lit from top and bottom this year) at festival grounds.


In addition, Lumière, another landmark on the St. Louis skyline, will be lighting their Four Seaons hotel in rainbow lighting for the third year in a row.


“We’re excited to show our support of Pride St. Louis, Inc. and the LGBT community by lighting up the St. Louis skyline with rainbow colors on our lightbox June 27-29,” said Jeff Babinski, Vice President and General Manager of Lumiére Place Casino & Hotels. “On the 35th anniversary of PrideFest this year, we hope people see our lightbox as a symbol of diversity, equality and unity.”


St. Louis joins a growing list of cities lighting up landmarks to commemorate LGBT Pride. Last year, St. Louis PrideFest moved downtown from South Grand and enjoyed record breaking crowds. St. Louis PrideFest will be held June 28-29, 2014 at Soldier’s Memorial downtown.





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