Today, the process of painting the Lake Eola bandshell the seven colors of the rainbow as a tribute to the LGBT victims of the Pulse nightclub tragedy begins.

It’s expected to be finished by Thursday, Oct. 6, in time for the Come Out With Pride festival this weekend.

The idea was first floated by city officials in July, when residents Deborah and Lauren Jane Gilmore presented the city council with a watercolor rendering of what the finished product might look like.

They outlined what the colors all mean for: Red for love; Orange for Orange County; Yellow is faith and hope; Green for life, its fragility and renewal; Blue for the sadness we all collectively feel and to honor our police officers and medical staff; and Purple representing valor and bravery.

“This is a shining example of community collaboration,” said Commissioner Patty Sheehan. “This started as an idea from a resident and we approached Walt Disney World, who was able to make it happen in time for our Come Out With Pride celebration. We are grateful for Disney’s generosity, making this remembrance of the victims with a symbol of hope for our community now and in the future,.”

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