On Saturday, March 13, 2021 from 10:00 am to 12:00 (noon), the city council, public arts commissioners, and members of the community are coming together, while following COVID-19 safety protocols, to restore the Mayor Gregory S. Pettis Rainbow Crossing. Mayor Pettis was the longest serving member of the city council and the first openly gay candidate to run for political office in the Coachella Valley. Over his many years in public office, he helped pass legislation that enhanced the civil rights and protections for the LGBTQ community.
Mayor Pettis was an advocate for the installation of the Rainbow Crossing back in 2016 as part of Cathedral City LGBT Days. The Rainbow Crossing was the first of its kind in the Coachella Valley that symbolizes the City’s celebration of diversity. It was dedicated in his honor after his untimely passing in January 2019. Shortly after, the Hollister Co., the global teen clothing company conducted a photo shoot with its models promoting their strong support for GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) at Cathedral City’s Rainbow Crossing.
The city council will provide drinks and pizza for the painters.
WHAT: Paint Restoration of the Mayor Gregory S. Pettis Rainbow Crossing
WHEN: Saturday, March 13, 2021 from 10 am to Noon
WHERE: Rainbow Crossing, near the Bell Tower, HWY 111 and West Buddy Rogers Avenue, Cathedral City