In honor of the World Pride Festival, Madrid is permanently changing its traffic lights for an amazing reason
In the lead-up to the World Pride Festival at the end of this month, Madrid will install new pedestrian traffic lights depicting same-sex couples.
At 72 different intersections in the Spanish capital, pedestrians will see an image of same-sex couples holding hands with a heart between them. The signals will change from red to green to indicate when it’s time to cross the street.
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The new lights will remain in operation permanently, even after the festival ends, according to Spanish newspaper El Mundo.
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The replacement process only requires workers to change the lenses on the traffic lights. Of the 288 new lenses, there are also images of a man and a woman holding hands and just a woman alone. Some of the changed lights are already in operation in the city center.
Madrid’s city government is also considering replacing the black-and-white street crossing lanes with rainbow stripes for the festival, according to The Local Spain.
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The World Pride Festival will take place in Madrid from June 23 through July 2. The festival will feature outdoor concerts, a parade and a high heel shoes race, all in Madrid’s Chueca neighborhood. The city is expecting more than 3 million people to visit for the celebrations this year.