PHOENIXVILLE — Local volunteers recently joined members of the Chester County Alliance for LGBT Equality to paint the rainbow over crosswalks in Bridge Street and Church Alley.
Dating back to the late 1970s, the rainbow flag is a symbol of pride and support for the LGBTQ community. The first of its kind in Chester County, the mural, dubbed “Pride Walk”, is a large-scale visual representation of diversity and inclusiveness.
Occurring during the weekly road closure for PXV Inside Out, the painting of the crosswalk took on an almost festive atmosphere. Families on a walk stopped to help, with babies in pushchairs and dogs in tow. Local makeup artist Abigail Severino joined the group and painted many happy faces.
Mayor Peter Urschler said of the crosswalks, “I am very grateful to the volunteers and the Borough for making this project a reality. Phoenixville is home to amazing people from all walks of life and walks of life. Together, we’re making sure everyone is safe, loved and celebrated. Our Pride crosswalks are a beautiful reflection of our community and serve as daily reminders to approach each person and situation with respect and understanding.
The project was completed in time for the 5th annual Chester County Pride Festival.