PRIDE CROSSWALK INSTALLATION SCHEDULED FOR DOWNTOWN SPRINGFIELD DURING PRIDE MONTH 2024 

SPRINGFIELD (MA) — Get ready to paint the town rainbow! Springfield Cultural Partnership, Springfield Pride Parade, and Common Wealth Murals are teaming up for an electrifying project to celebrate Pride Month on Sunday, May 5, 2024 with rain dates on Sunday, May 19 and 26, 2024. 

On May 5th, Main and Bridge streets will transform into a vibrant canvas of love and inclusivity as a PRIDE crosswalk is installed at the bustling intersection by the entrance to Tower Square and Tower Square Park. Roadways will close to vehicular traffic between 7 AM and 2 PM, paving the way for a colorful celebration! Road closures include Main Street between Worthington Street and Harrison Street and Bridge Street between Main Street and Barnes Street.

Reflecting on the upcoming PRIDE Parade and Crosswalk installation, Taurean Bethea, founder and CEO of Springfield PRIDE Parade, shared his excitement: “I truly believe the city has this really new energy and the city of Springfield is actually becoming very innovative,” Bethea said. “It’s just gonna make the city look good, and it’s going to make people of the LGBTQ+ community just feel supported and feel as if they are seen. And that is one of our greatest missions as an organization.” 

The final rendering was created by Designer & Illustrator Chris Seabrooks with partners’ inputs and will be professionally installed by Common Wealth Murals muralists, Springfield Pride Parade members, Springfield Cultural Partnership (SCP) and youth volunteers.  Britt Ruhe stated that Common Wealth Murals is “very proud to be assisting in this project and excited to work with youth to make this dream a reality”. The Springfield Business Improvement District has supported both the crosswalk design and logistical aspects of preparing for the installation. SCP is the project’s planning partner and sponsor. 

Local businesses like White Lion Brewery in Tower Square are staunch community supporters. This installation is not seen as an interruption but rather as a symbol of solidarity and support for the LGBTQ+ community. White Lion Brewery has been at the forefront of supporting PRIDE initiatives, being one of the first businesses to sign up as a Safe Space and creating a private label for PRIDE which supports the PRIDE scholarship. “Their dedication to inclusivity and willingness to go above and beyond in supporting PRIDE initiatives truly exemplifies the spirit of our community” said Karen Finn, Executive Director of Springfield Cultural Partnership.

“We are grateful to the Springfield City Council for their unanimous decision made on April 29, 2024 to approve our plans to install permanent PRIDE crosswalks on Main Street,” said Karen Finn. “Springfield Cultural Partnership partners, City leadership and civic-minded organizations are working together with incredibly talented and enthusiastic local creatives and culture bearers allowing for more community-centered art to make its way into this great city,” Finn added. Plans were originally approved June 13, 2022 for Court Square and Main Streets, but weather and construction delays postponed the project. Funds were made possible, in part, by MassDevelopment and MassMutual Foundation who the team applauds for both their generosity and forward-thinking around community support.

For more information on project partners:

Springfield PRIDE Parade: https://www.springfieldprideparade.org/
Common Wealth Murals: https://www.commonwealthmurals.org/
Springfield Cultural Partnership: https://springfieldculture.org/
Designer: Chris Seabrooks: https://chrisseabrooks.com 

Funds were made possible, in part, by MassDevelopment and MassMutual Foundation. We thank them for their generosity and  forward-thinking around community support.

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