Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 | 1:06 p.m.
Las Vegas City Hall, continuing a new tradition of changing the lighting display on the façade of the building for special occasions, will be lit in rainbow colors tonight in celebration of Las Vegas Pride.
The official lighting will take place at 7 p.m., when the city hall light panels will make the “largest rainbow flag for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) pride in the history of Nevada,” according to a City of Las Vegas release.
The lighting of city hall coincides with the Las Vegas LGBTQ Pride celebration taking place downtown this evening.
“With its integrated lighting and location in the 18b Arts District, we felt that City Hall offered us a giant canvass on which to paint messages of community love and pride,” said Derek Washington, lead organizer for GetEQUAL Nevada.
A coalition of LGBTQ groups, organized by GetEQUAL Nevada, worked on new ideas for this year’s celebration to recognize the contributions of the LGBTQ community in Nevada and across the country, while taking the unique character of Las Vegas into account.
“We thought it would be a great idea to say thank you to the volunteers who make up the Pride board to wave a giant rainbow flag in their honor during the opening night of Pride,” said Christopher Preciado, chairman of Stonewall Democrats.
City Hall is equipped with rows of LED light panels that can be programmed to display different images. On the Fourth of July, the panels, which typically display a blue “waterfall” effect, showed a U.S. flag.