ST. LOUIS, MO – The first of the Gateway City's PrideFest lighting came online tonight as the Civil Courts building and the top portion of Soldier’s Memorial were illuminated in glorious rainbow hues.


The bottom portion of the Memorial will be illuminated tomorrow evening – with the Park Pacific apartment building and Lumière/Four Seasons Hotel on the riverfront expected to pull the switch later this week.


Also on deck – and a first for St. Louis – will be four rainbow crosswalks courtesy of the City Streets Department painted at 14th and Market Streets at the main entrance to this weekend's celebration. The crosswalks are  being paid for by Pride St. Louis.


#Boom accompanied members of Pride St. Louis as the buildings were lit and was granted unprecedented access atop the Civil Courts building. Please check out our gallery below for a bird’s eye view. .


“It was an awesome experience getting to go to the top of the Civil Courts building,” said Matt Harper, president of Pride St. Louis. “Not many people get to do that. We rode up in a security elevator and stopped off at the 11th floor to see the first site of light installations, then we went to the top of the building and looked out over the entire city. It was breathtaking to see how beautiful St. Louis really is from that high up. It was also great to see the entire festival area from that viewpoint as well.”


Last month, The Gateway Foundation, with support from Pride St. Louis, Inc. and Ironman Sound came on board with a $7,500 matching grant to light the Civil Courts building which sits at the edge of festival grounds and at the heart of the St. Louis skyline. It took Ironman 7 hours to install the 60-plus light fixtures. They also did the lighting for the Memorial.


Gateway has previously paid to light the Gateway Arch and provided funding for the creation of City Garden and all of its artwork.


According to Pride St. Louis, Judge Philip Heagney, Presiding Judge Division 1, approved the use of the lights and Alderman Shane Cohn helped facilitate approval from the City of St. Louis.


The Civil Courts building, Park Pacific and Soldier’s Memorial were first lit in rainbow light last year to mark Pride St. Louis’ move downtown and this will be the third year that Lumière/Four Seasons has lit their hotel in honor of LGBT Pride month.


St. Louis joins a growing list of cities lighting up landmarks to commemorate LGBT Pride. St. Louis PrideFest will be held June 28-29, 2014 at Soldier’s Memorial downtown.




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