Sydney: Chasing Rainbows


SYDNEY’S PRINCE ALFRED PARK – WHERE THOUSANDS GATHERED FOR THE VOTE IN FAVOUR OF SAME SEX MARRIAGE IN 2017 – HAS A NEW RAINBOW PATH TO CELEBRATE ITS PLACE IN HISTORY.

Sydney is becoming a city of rainbows with a new 90 metre rainbow path unveiled at Prince Alfred Park in Surry Hills – the site where more than 30,000 people gathered in 2017 to hear the result of Australia’s marriage equality vote. 

Completed in time for the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, the kaleidoscope of colour winds its way through Prince Alfred Park, in an area that was recently renamed Equality Green.

It was here, on November 15, 2017, that the crowds erupted in joy after hearing that Australians had voted overwhelmingly in favour of marriage equality.

More than 12 million Australians answered a national survey, with 61.6 percent voting yes to the question: “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”

The marriage equality campaign inspired huge pro-marriage equality rallies around the country and attracted support from celebrities like Ellen Degeneres, Miley Cyrus and Sam Smith, as well as Big Tech companies like Twitter, Apple and Google. 

The rainbow path is the latest in a series of colourful additions to Sydney’s streets and parks.

In 2013, the City of Sydney Council installed a rainbow crossing at Taylor Square to coincide with Mardi Gras. In 2019, the colourful crossing was reinstated permanently just metres from the original, on the corner of Bourke and Campbell Streets.

Coogee Beach is the latest Sydney location to receive a rainbow walkway, albeit temporary. The multi-coloured path (below) is around 4.2 metres wide and 47 metres long and has become an Instagram sensation.


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