Heritage of Pride, which organizes Pride Week activities, paid for the DOT crew's overnight work. HOP co-chair David Studinski told AMNY, "NYC Pride is honored to bring Gilbert Baker's original rainbow to the very streets where the modern LGBT movement began. We are proud to fund the installation of this exciting project. We thank the mayor, city council members and department of transportation for helping us make this long-awaited tribute a colorful reality."
— CBRIV (@charlesrockhill) June 25, 2017
There will also be rainbow decals placed on crosswalks along the parade's route, on Fifth Avenue between 36th and 24th Streets. Mayor Bill de Blasio said, "Pride Month reminds us that the fight for LGBTQ rights is not yet won, but that we can be proud as a city to have blazed the trail."
A group has been petitioning—with nearly 20,000 signatures so far—to add permanent rainbow crosswalks to NYC. We've contacted the DOT to see if this crosswalk will become a full-time fixture.