In advance of World Pride, taking place June 20 to 29 in Toronto, two rainbow-coloured crosswalks have been installed in the LGBTTIQQ2SA* village near Church and Wellesley Streets — and they're there to stay.

Located at the intersections of Church and Alexander, and Church and Isabella, these crosswalks will be "permanent additions to the neighbourhood," announced a press release today. The crosswalks were agreed upon in a 40-2 vote by Toronto city council in February, with Mayor Rob Ford and his brother, Doug Ford, the only two opposing.

The rainbow has long been considered the symbol of gay pride, ever since it was first created in flag form by artist Gilbert Baker in 1978, reports Time magazine.

Residents of the neighbourhood were more than welcoming of the colourful additions, which match many street signs in the area, as well as local art and the 250 banners celebrating World Pride for the duration of the celebrations.

Other cities that have installed rainbow crosswalks previously include San Francisco and Vancouver.

Check out these shots of the rainbow crosswalks below:

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  • <a href="" target="_hplink"><em>torbakhopper / Flickr</em></a> It started with a rebellion. On June 28, 1969, the <a href="" target="_hplink">Stonewall Inn</a> riots in <a href="" target="_hplink">New York City</a>'s Greenwich Village sparked the modern-day gay liberation movement, fanning the flames for a decades-long equality fight. While the first gay pride marches in 1970 commemorated the Stonewall uprising, the 2013 editions celebrated the Supreme Court's ruling that married same-sex couples are entitled to federal benefits. It started with a rebellion; it continues with a global celebration. Cities across the world honor Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (June) with brilliantly hued parade floats, celebrity grand marshals and music-filled street festivals. Keep reading to find out where to see some of the world's largest Gay Pride celebrations in 2014. <strong>Read More:</strong> <a href="" target="_hplink">Where to Celebrate Pride in 2014</a> <em>-- Ann Rivall</em>

  • New York City

    <em>Joseph Barna / NYC Pride</em> <strong>When:</strong> June 24; June 27-29 As the nucleus for the post-Stonewall gay pride movement, it should come as no surprise that <a href="" target="_hplink">New York City</a> hosts one of the biggest and oldest pride celebrations in the country. The NYC Pride Rally at Hudson River Park's Pier 26 is the official kickoff event, starting at 6 p.m. on June 27. While you don't need to buy tickets to attend the rally, you will need to purchase admission for two of NYC Pride's largest parties, the VIP Rooftop Party and Teaze (formerly Rapture on the River). But if you only attend one event, make sure it's the NYC Pride March. Steeped in decades of history, New York City's march is as much a civil rights demonstration as it is a celebration of the entire movement's accomplishments — plus, it's free to the general public. More than 50 colorful floats will make their way down Fifth Avenue (starting at 36th Street and <a href="" target="_hplink">Fifth Avenue</a> and ending at Christopher and Greenwich streets) for the 44th annual NYC Pride March. This year's grand marshals include transgender actress Laverne Cox, Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey and actor Jonathan Groff. The weekend culminates with Dance on the Pier (also at Hudson River Park's Pier 26), where singer Demi Lovato and other performers wrap up the nearly weeklong activities. General admission tickets start at $80 and can be purchased through the NYC Pride <a href="" target="_hplink">website</a>; attendees must be 21 and older. <strong>Find out more about:</strong> <a href="" target="_hplink">The Best Hotels in New York City</a> <a href="" target="_hplink">The Best Things to Do in New York City</a>

  • San Francisco

    <a href="" target="_hplink"><em>Gavin St. Ours / Flickr</em></a> <strong>When:</strong> June 28-29 <a href="" target="_hplink">San Francisco</a>'s pride celebration has come a long way since 1970, when the inaugural Gay-In at Golden Gate Park commemorated Stonewall. What was once a gathering of roughly 200 attendees has ballooned into the country's largest gathering of LGBT people and allies, with more than 20 stages, 200 parade participants and 300 exhibitors tapped for 2014. The kaleidoscopic parade will be made all the more vibrant with this year's theme, "Color Our World with Pride." The parade, which runs south on Market Street from Beale Street to Eighth Street in downtown San Francisco, starts at 10:30 a.m. on June 29 and is free to the public. More events will take place at the foot of San Francisco's City Hall, where Harvey Milk once addressed pride attendees more than 30 years ago. If you can't make it for the daytime activities, stop by after the sun sets. In honor of Pride Week, rainbow lights will illuminate San Francisco's City Hall. Admission to San Francisco Pride events is free, but a suggested donation of $5 is requested. To find out more about this year's events, visit the San Francisco Pride <a href="" target="_hplink">website</a>. <strong>Find out more about:</strong> <a href="" target="_hplink">The Best Hotels in San Francisco</a> <a href="" target="_hplink">The Best Things to Do in San Francisco</a>

  • Toronto

    <em><a href="" target="_hplink">camatlarge / Flickr</a></em> <strong>When: </strong>June 20-29 For the <a href="" target="_hplink">U.S.</a>, it was Stonewall. For <a href="" target="_hplink">Canada</a>, it was Operation Soap. In 1981, Toronto Police raided four gay bathhouses (known by the code name Operation Soap), resulting in mass arrests and protests. Though Pride Toronto existed in various forms since the late 1970s, Operation Soap was the catalyst the city's LGBT leaders needed to organize Canada's pride movement. This year's pride events — which include concerts, art exhibitions and street festivals — are expected to draw more than 1.5 million attendees since the city is the host of WorldPride 2014. Held every few years, WorldPride is an international event organized by <a href="" target="_hplink">InterPride</a>, the global association of LGBTI Pride organizers. The parade (expected to be the largest pride parade Canada has ever hosted) starts at 1 p.m. on June 29 in downtown <a href="" target="_hplink">Toronto</a> at the corner of Church and Bloor streets and continues south on Yonge Street to Yonge-Dundas Square. Most events, including the parade, are free to the public and open to all ages. Find out more about WorldPride 2014 Toronto on the event's <a href="" target="_hplink">website</a>. <strong>Find out more about:</strong> <a href="" target="_hplink">The Best Hotels in Toronto</a> <a href="" target="_hplink">The Best Things to Do in Toronto</a>

  • Amsterdam

    <a href="" target="_hplink"><em>Partij van de Arbeid / Flickr</em></a> <strong>When:</strong> July 26-August 3 In <a href="" target="_hplink">Amsterdam</a>, the floats featured in the annual gay pride parade have to do more than just catch a spectator's eye; they actually need to, well, float. During the Canal Parade, brightly colored parade boats snake their way through the Prinsengracht canal, from the Westerdok harbor in the direction of Oosterdok. The parade — which is free to attend — starts at 2 p.m. on August 2. Though the parade is considered to be one of the most popular gay pride events in Amsterdam, there are several other celebrations that will take place throughout the city, like the Drag Queen Olympics at the Westermarkt. See more information about the street parties and events on the Amsterdam Gay Pride <a href="" target="_hplink">website</a>. <strong>Find out more about:</strong> <a href="" target="_hplink">The Best Hotels in Amsterdam</a> <a href="" target="_hplink">The Best Things to Do in Amsterdam</a>

  • Los Angeles

    <em>Jon Viscott / LA PRIDE</em> <strong>When: </strong>June 6-8 <a href="" target="_hplink">Los Angeles</a> claims a unique role in LGBT history: The city is credited with hosting the world's first TLGB Pride Parade in June 1970. Now in its 44th year, the modern-day LA PRIDE — led this year by grand marshal Demi Lovato — is about as star-studded as it gets. The festival runs from June 6 to 8 in West Hollywood Park, and features performances from headliners Jennifer Hudson, Azealia Banks and Mary Lambert, as well as several dance venues and art exhibits. The LA PRIDE Parade will start at 11 a.m. on June 8 at the intersection of Crescent Heights and Santa Monica boulevards. Attending the parade is free, but tickets are required for admission to the festival. Single-day admission costs $20 while weekend passes cost $35. Certain areas of the festival, such as Erotic City, are only open to attendees ages 18 and older. For more information, visit the LA PRIDE <a href="" target="_hplink">website</a>. <strong>Find out more about:</strong> <a href="" target="_hplink">The Best Hotels in Los Angeles</a> <a href="" target="_hplink">The Best Things to Do in Los Angeles</a>

  • Chicago

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  • Madrid

    <em><a href="" target="_hplink">José María Mateos / Flickr </a></em> <strong>When: </strong>July 2-6 Madrid Pride, or <a href="" target="_hplink">MADO</a>, faces stiff competition for the title of Europe's largest pride celebration (<a href="" target="_hplink">London</a>, <a href="" target="_hplink">Paris</a> and Antwerp, Belgium, are respectable contenders). But step one foot in the city's crowded <a href="" target="_hplink">Chueca neighborhood</a>, and you'll understand why <a href="" target="_hplink">Madrid</a> draws such a large crowd. In the past, MADO has attracted more than 2 million attendees to the city's notoriously gay-friendly neighborhood, and this year promises to be no different. The 2014 bacchanalia will include outdoor concerts, performances and parties at six different stages through the city center. The annual Pride Parade will take place on July 5, but there are a few other events worth seeing, like the traditional High Heels Race on Calle Pelayo (run only by men) and the Mr. Gay Spain competition. The events kick off on July 2 and the parade, which winds from Atocha through Paseo del Prado and finishes at Puerta de Alcalá, starts at 6 p.m. on July 5. The parade is free and open to attendees of all ages. <strong>Find out more about:</strong> <a href="" target="_hplink">The Best Hotels in Madrid</a> <a href="" target="_hplink">The Best Things to Do in Madrid</a>