Just two days after being installed for Pride Month, a rainbow crosswalk in downtown Saskatoon was defaced with tire marks.
It happened late Sunday and photos of the skid marks through the crosswalk began to show up on social media Monday.
A driver apparently tore through the downtown intersection and left dark tire marks at 23rd Street and 4th Avenue.
But the tire marks did not deter Saskatoon’s Pride Festival staff and volunteers. They armed themselves with paint brushes, rollers and erasers and repaired the defaced rainbow crosswalk Tuesday night.
The City of Saskatoon even chipped in by barricading the area for two hours.
In a Facebook post, Pride officials called the burnt-out tire marks “a symbol of hate” and stated “Saskatoon deserves better.”
On Monday, a police spokesperson said no complaints had been filed with them regarding the incident.
According to some contributors on social media, a 20-year old man did come forward and apologized for the incident.
The Saskatoon Pride Festival begins Friday.