Rainbow flag raised outside Kitchener City Hall for first time

A rainbow flag has been hoisted at a community flagpole at Duke St. and Young St. in preparation for tri-Pride celebrations in Waterloo Region. This comes after the city decided not to raise a rainbow flag at city hall during the Sochi Olympics.
The flagpole is one of two community flagpoles designated by the city in May. (Matthew Kang/CBC )

The pride flag has been raised at a community flagpole at Duke and Young streets outside of Kitchener City Hall, marking the first time the flag has been flown at Civic Square.  

Coun. Berry Vrbanovic said in a tweet that the flag is being raised in celebration of the tri-Pride fest. 

This comes after the city decided to designate two community flagpoles following the controversy over a decision not to fly the rainbow flag during the Sochi Olympics. 

According to a news release issued by the City of Kitchener, community interest groups can ask to have a flag flown on one of the new flagpoles to:

  • honour national or independence days important to the residents of Kitchener;
  • support fundraising drives important to the residents of Kitchener;
  • celebrate multicultural and civic organizations or events important to the residents Kitchener.

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