Nobody seemed to notice when the snowflakes didn’t go up around Christmas. But a few readers have asked CHS to check in on a symbol of Pride missing from the Broadway streetscape again this year. There are no Pride banners on the street’s utility poles.
A representative for the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce tells CHS that the nonprofit’s banner program had to be discontinued last year “due to increased costs associated with installation.”
“Our rainbow flags have also been severely weather damaged and need to be replaced,” the rep writes. “The Broadway (Business Improvement Area) is looking into re-establishing the banner program for Pride month in 2019.”
The chamber’s banner program was revived a few years ago with seasonal banners, snowflakes and rainbow flags on Broadway. The banners didn’t go up last summer. No holiday snowflakes, either.
Fortunately, the group isn’t the only source of Pride decoration on the Hill. Most businesses and many homes are again flying rainbow flags. And there are always Pike/Pine’s rainbow crosswalks installed in time for Pride 2015.
Meanwhile, the City of Seattle unveiled a new Pride flag this year with the addition of black, brown, blue, pink, and white stripes representing the expanding diversity of communities represented by the annual celebration.
Pride season continues on Capitol Hill with parties and events including next week’s Trans Pride, Dyke March, and PrideFest Capitol Hill on Broadway and in Cal Anderson Park. You can check out the CHS Capitol Hill Pride Calendar for details.
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