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San Diego LGBT pride started early in 2020 with crosswalk dedication

San Diego LGBT pride stared early in 2020 with crosswalk dedication.
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Hillcrest was abuzz with activity this weekend as the neighborhood celebrated its first rainbow crosswalk installation.

On Saturday, a large crowd of over a hundred people formed at the corner of Normal Street and University Avenue to witness the historic event which was also attended by State Assemblymember Todd Gloria, Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Councilmember Chris Ward, Mayor of Hillcrest Nicole Murray Ramirez and Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins.

“It isn’t just a crosswalk,” Atkins said Saturday. “I know that the definition of pedestrian can mean ordinary, standard, dull, but this crosswalk is anything but pedestrian. It is a point that we want to make.”

The landmark is the first of its kind in San Diego for the Creative Crosswalks Pilot Program. Other districts will create their own to celebrate what makes their neighborhood unique among the others. 

The Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) and the Hillcrest Town Council raised a lot of the money that went into making the crosswalks a reality. The HBA will also be in charge of its maintenance.

The celebration on Saturday was deemed Catwalk on the Crosswalk and showcased members of the community walking across the newly painted path in a variety of fun ways. 

This crosswalk is unique in that it not only includes the traditional colors of the pride flag but adds the colors brown and black to symbolize people of color. It also has a special section painted like the trans flag.