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This city just painted a giant rainbow flag on its airport

The giant rainbow flag with Wellington in the background and the shadow of an airplane
Photo: Screenshot/Facebook

An airport is supporting its city’s pride with a 3000 square meter (around 30,000 square foot) rainbow flag along its runway.

The giant rainbow flag was painted along the embankment of the runway at Wellington International Airport in New Zealand. This month, the capital will be welcoming visitors to its Pride Festival and the World ILGA Conference.

ILGA is an international organization that unites over 1300 LGBTQ organizations from over 140 countries.

The six colors were painted with a turf paint that will last between three and four weeks.

Related: Atlanta marks Pride month & Pulse anniversary with permanent rainbow crosswalks

“Wellington is one of the most inclusive cities on the planet and we want to show our pride at holding the ILGA World Conference,” said Mayor Justin Lester.

“Last year we painted the Rainbow Crossing on Dixon Street – it’s not quite as big – to show how we embrace everyone. The airport rainbow will be the first many ILGA attendees see and I am sure it will make them feel welcome.”

The airport posted video of the painting process on Facebook.

Painting the Pride rainbow on Wellington Airport's runway

🏳️‍🌈🌈 Check out this this neat time-lapse of the Pride rainbow being painted on the embankment of our runway. The Pride rainbow will welcome the delegates arriving for the ILGA World Conference in Wellington and the Wellington Pride Festival I Tū whakahīhī e Te Whanganui-ā-Tara both happening in March. Find out more here

Posted by Wellington International Airport on Thursday, February 28, 2019

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