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Rainbow Flag Raising Ceremony

  • Sydney Town Hall 483 George Street Sydney, NSW, 2000 Australia (map)

Sydney Town Hall will be proudly flying the rainbow stripes of a flag that celebrates Sydney’s diverse and inclusive community.

To mark the City of Sydney’s support for its many LGBTQI residents, workers and visitors, a flag raising ceremony will be held on Friday 17 February at 5.30pm to acknowledge the commencement of the 2017 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival.

The rainbow flag originated in San Francisco about 30 years ago and was designed by artist Gilbert Baker for the Californian city’s Gay and Lesbian Freedom Day Parade. Since then it has become a worldwide emblem of gay pride and gay-friendly areas.

The red in the flag symbolises life, while orange signifies healing, yellow is for sunlight, green represents nature, blue stands for harmony and violet signifies spirit.

As a major sponsor of the Sydney’s Mardi Gras Festival, the City will fly the rainbow flag above Sydney Town Hall throughout the duration of the festival period from 17 February until Sunday 5 March.