Maplewood Township unveiled the state’s first permanent rainbow crosswalk today with rainbow face painting, rainbow sherbet, and of course, a rainbow ribbon cutting. The event was attended by Mayor Vic De Luca, Township Committee members Dean Dafis and Nancy Adams, Essex County Democratic Chairman Leroy Jones, and Essex County Freeholder Wayne Richardson and local religious leaders, Rabbi Mark Cooper from Oheb Shalom Congregation and Rabbi Jesse Olitzky from Congregation Beth El.
Nearly 500 people listened as the mayor, committee people, community leaders such as Shannon Cuttle, county representatives, and religious leaders spoke to the crowd about inclusion and diversity and how Maplewood supports all people. Attendees also enjoyed the beautiful weather with music and strolled over and through and lay down on the new rainbow crosswalk while the road was closed. Because, when else can you do that? Many took advantage by taking selfies and family photos on the rainbows.