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Walking with pride

The same day Prince George installed its first ever pride walk, painters were working on Pine Centre Mall pavement to give the city its second rainbow street too.
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The crew from Yellowhead Pavement Marking puts the final colour of System 400 Cold Plastic on the rainbow cross walk on 7th Avenue at Qubec Street Tuesday afternoon. Citizen photo by Brent Braaten June 14 2016

The same day Prince George installed its first ever pride walk, painters were working on Pine Centre Mall pavement to give the city its second rainbow street too.

Construction started Tuesday morning at Seventh Avenue and Canada Games Way for the crosswalk city council approved in April. White paint now alternates with red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet.

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A photo posted to Pine Centre Mall's facebook page shows a rainbow pride walk being painted at the mall's main entrance on Tuesday. - Pine Centre Mall handout photo

By Tuesday afternoon, the entrance of the mall was also being transformed.

General manager Sonya Hunt said the mall had discussed doing it in the past, but the conversation resurfaced again when the city council approved its pride walk in April.

"I think it's really important to show tolerance and acceptance and to have a safe space," Hunt said. "We just felt it was the right thing to do."

The pride walk will greet shoppers at the main entrance.

"We're so excited," she said. "It's a step in the right direction."

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