Hitex North America, a division of Hitex International, completed the installation of a rainbow crossing in time for the Vancouver Pride Festival that took place during the first week of August. Commissioned by the City of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada, the rainbow crossing is situated on the route of the Vancouver Pride Parade, which took place on August 6 and featured rainbow-coloured floats, marching bands and people in all kinds of colourful, exotic and sometimes unconventional costumes.
The material used for the crossing point was PumaTrack, a new modified MMA (Methyl Methacrylate) surface treatment that is easy to install using a squeegee and roller. PumaTrack is available in a wide range of standard and custom colours. It provides catalyst-controlled curing in 10-30 minutes to reduce traffic congestion. The installation included 8 different colours and took place in the evening over a 5 hour period.
“We are pleased to have been selected by the City of Vancouver to install this colourful crossing point for such a high profile event,” commented Ray Flores, Business Development Manager for Hitex NA. “It will be a permanent reminder of the festival as well as demonstrating how PumaTrack is engineered to deliver the highest levels of durability, adhesion and colour stability in any temperature environment for a long service life.”
The Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival celebrated its 39th anniversary in 2017 and reflects the spirit of the LGBTQ2+ community. Organisers estimated between 500,000 and 650,000 people packed the downtown core for the parade, Sunset Beach festival and associated events.