Southwest Saskatchewan Pride was dyed in the paint quite literally this weekend, re-painting the Pride crosswalk.

Located on Central Avenue North just outside of Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre, this crosswalk gives one of the busiest streets in Swift Current a safe place for pedestrians to cross.

The rainbow of colours is representative of 2SLGBTQIA+ people, giving them visibility within the community. As such, Southwest Saskatchewan Pride members have taken it upon themselves to upkeep the crosswalk, re-painting it once it begins to fade.

Theo Houghtaling, a member at large for Southwest Saskatchewan Pride, was joined by a few other members freshening it up Sunday.

"A lot of people in our community, and the 2SLBGTQIA+ community, feel really isolated," said Houghtaling. "Having symbols like this out in the public affirm that this is the type of Canada we want to live in, one that is inclusive." 

The crosswalk was painted in two different halves, allowing for traffic to pass on the side not being lacquered in pigments. First came the red, orange, and yellow segments, followed up by the green, purple, and blue half in the right lane.

"Each part gets five coats of paint," said Houghtaling.

This particular project is something that Houghtaling and other members keep a close eye on, as it often falls victim to tire markings and other rough wear and tear. Burnouts stand out quite a bit on the bright colours, making them a special target for hooligans.

"I wish they would stop because it is disheartening," said Houghtaling. "There are folks in town who are still in the closet, youth who are just figuring themselves out, and it makes the world seem so scary for them. I don't want to have a community that feels scary for anyone. I want everyone to feel safe here."

By the end of the project, the rainbow was shining brightly once again in downtown Swift Current. As it was the first rainbow crosswalk in Saskatchewan, the iconic landmark is something that helped set the trend in places like Saskatoon, Regina, and other local city centres.