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‘Mardi Gras beach of choice’: Rainbow walkway planned for Coogee

Coogee’s rainbow walkway is the latest multicoloured path in Sydney installed to acknowledge the city’s LGBTQI+ community.

A rainbow pedestrian crossing is located in Taylor Square in Darlinghurst, while the City of Sydney last year unveiled plans for a 90-metre rainbow path in Prince Alfred Park in Surry Hills.

An artist’s impression of the rainbow pathway proposed for Prince Alfred Park.

An artist’s impression of the rainbow pathway proposed for Prince Alfred Park.Credit:City of Sydney

A rainbow crossing installed in Oxford Street in 2013 was controversially removed by the NSW government because of safety concerns.

Cr Said said he hoped Coogee’s rainbow walkway would boost local businesses by attracting more visitors to the area.

The eastern suburbs council voted unanimously to paint the rainbow at Coogee Beach at its December meeting.

The rainbow will remain in place for several months, with its removal dependent on wear and tear and its exposure to sun, sand, rain and foot traffic.

A flag-raising ceremony will also be held at Coogee Beach and rainbow banners flown in the streets to celebrate Mardi Gras, which runs from February 19 to March 7.

Coogee’s rainbow walkway is one of several initiatives by Sydney councils to celebrate this year’s Mardi Gras.

The City of Sydney will enter a float in this year’s Mardi Gras parade, which will be held at the Sydney Cricket Ground after COVID-19 forced organisers to to abandon the event’s traditional route along Oxford Street.

The council will also stage two weeks of concerts and live performances in Oxford Street during the Mardi Gras festival.


Lord mayor Clover Moore said the rainbow flag will be flown above Sydney Town Hall from February 19 and city streets will be decorated with rainbow banners.

“It will be wonderful to see another beautiful rainbow in greater Sydney at Coogee Beach, joining our permanent curved rainbow crossing and flag at Taylor Square and the planned new rainbow path alongside Equality Green in Prince Alfred Park,” Cr Moore said.

The Inner West Council will hold a pride flag raising ceremony at Summer Hill on February 17 to mark the beginning of Mardi Gras, with rainbow flags also flown at Ashfield Civic Centre and the Petersham, Marrickville, Newtown and Balmain Town Halls.

A plaque will also be unveiled to commemorate a rainbow crossing that was originally chalked in 2013 to protest against the removal of the rainbow crossing on Oxford Street by the NSW government.


The City of Parramatta will host Queerstories on February 13 at Riverside Theatres as part of this year’s Mardi Gras. It has also supported the Parramatta Pride Picnic – cancelled last year because of COVID-19.

Waverley Council, meanwhile, will build a memorial to victims of gay hate crimes at Marks Park in Tamarama.

Mardi Gras chief executive Albert Kruger said local councils had “great power” to shape their communities to be more inclusive and diverse.

“Each year we take great pride in watching many councils show their support for the LGBTQI+ community through hosting Mardi Gras events, raising a rainbow flag over Town Hall and installing rainbow crossings and walks,” he said.

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