On Feb 29th 2016 Key West’s 25 ft section #93 of the historic Gilbert Baker Rainbow25 Sea to Sea flag (‘The Sacred Cloth’) will be departing Key West FL destined to Sydney Australia for its participation in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade March 5, 2016.
The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is one of the largest LGBT celebrations in the world.
Section #93, affectionately referred to as the ‘Sacred Cloth’ by the SCOTUS Obergefell Plaintiffs, will be carried the entire route in Sydney by the United States Embassy Delegation led by the first openly gay US Ambassador to a G20 nation, Ambassador John Berry.
The US Delegation will include Keys resident, and custodian Mark Ebenhoch and the French Embassy to Australia counterparts, celebrating the great strides both countries commitments to diversity, equality and inclusion on a global level.
Following its return to Key West, section #93 will be retired and plans are to travel to Washington DC for its installation into the Smithsonian Institute of the National Archives this year.