The colourful symbol is back at Taylor Square ready for this weekend’s festivities.

After the controversy surrounding its removal back in 2013, Sydney has a new rainbow crossing just in time for the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade! Road Minister at the time, Duncan Gay, said that the crossing should be scrapped in the interest of safety, but the local council have won the fight to have a reinstated for this year’s celebrations.

A Show Of Support

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said that the crossing represented the city’s support of the LGBTQI community. “We believe this may also be the first rainbow crossing in the world that has been painted in a curving rainbow shape,” she said in a statement. “I know residents and visitors will love this colourful symbol of the city’s longstanding support for the LGBTQI community.” The new crossing is more curved than the original version, wrapping itself around the corner of Bourke and Campbell streets at the iconic Taylor Square. It also gives pedestrians complete right of way, with a green light for cars only activated when necessary.

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Here To Stay?

It’s hoped that the crossing will remain well beyond its allocated lifespan of six months, and many believe it is an attraction that will become an iconic part of Sydney. “This is a significant piece of public art, and it is a fantastic addition to our city streets in the lead up to Mardi Gras,” said State Member for Sydney Alex Greenwich. “The work they have done to upgrade the crossing also shows us how we can build a sustainable and liveable city where our roads are for pedestrians and cyclists as well.”

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If you’re planning to take the kids along to see the rainbow crossing, perhaps avoid this weekend when streets around the city are closed as thousands descend for the parade – we’re sure it will feature in many an Instagram snap!

What do you think of Sydney’s rainbow crossing? Tell us in the comments!

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  • Looks bright & happy. We should have more of these around the city in solidarity with the LGBTQI communities.

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  • Wow looks gorgeous. Actually made me think of Willy wonka and the chocolate factory. So much color and cheer

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  • I made the mistake of being in Sydney during Mardi Gras once, never again. Drunk people vomiting in the streets everywhere. Yuck.

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  • It’s wonderful as a city they are able to support this community and show the world we are evolving and becoming more accepting of one another.

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  • It’s lovely. So bright and cheerful. I think they should keep there as a permanent fixture

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  • That’s beautiful. I think they should keep it like that all year long!

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  • It’s beautiful and love the vibrant rainbow colours

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  • It looks spectacular. I hope the paint isn’t slippery or there will be some nasty vehicle accidents as the surface have no grip at all. People could easily have falls too

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  • A great way to brighten up the area with good meaning behind it.

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  • Love the colourful crossing,lets get one for Melbourne!

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  • My nephews would love this. They would just think it was a rainbow tho as they are too young to understand the meaning behind it.

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  • What a beautiful crossing, love it !

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  • I think it looks bright and cheerful and would definitely lift the spirits of anyone who walked on it – I think this should be encouraged across Australia – not just as a show of support to the LGBTQI community – but to lift moral and help people with depression etc – such bright fun colours would encourage more positive thinking in our country and friendship and harmony

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  • It looks great, and I can’t see what the safety issues would be.

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  • Looks good to me and if it makes people smile even better.

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