ST. LOUIS - Rainbow lighting will return to The Civil Courts building downtown at dusk tonight for the fourth year in a row for St. Louis PrideFest 2016. The lighting will also honor the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando with 49 purple lights at the top of the installation.

The Gateway Foundation, Ironman Sound Industries and Mangrove Restoration have joined forces this year to sponsor the lighting of the iconic landmark, which sits at the edge of festival grounds, and at the heart of the St. Louis skyline.

It costs over $15,000 to light the Civil Courts Building. Gateway has previously paid to light the Gateway Arch and provided funding for the creation of City Garden and all of its artwork.

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 in 2013 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.

As in years past, organizers had to receive permission from the City and Civil Courts to do the lighting.

St. Louis joins a growing list of cities lighting up landmarks to commemorate LGBT Pride. St. Louis PrideFest will be held June 24-26, 2016 at Soldier’s Memorial downtown.



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