City tells The Bistro to remove Pride rainbow hearts from street

The rainbow hearts on Bloomington's Main Street. Facebook photo from The Bistro

The city of Bloomington has asked The Bistro to remove the hearts the bar painted for last month’s Pride.

The Bistro organizes and hosts the annual Pride event in downtown Bloomington. This year, CBS affiliate WMBD reported, Bistro owner Jan Lancaster drew rainbow hearts on the street.

Bloomington’s external affairs manager Katherine Murphy told the TV station that the permit for the festival requires artwork to be removed while the road is closed at the end of the event.

The hearts were drawn with washable chalk, but storms since the Pride Fest haven’t washed the hearts away.

The Bistro is at least going to try to make it fun. They’re hosting a “Remove the Love” party tentatively set for 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. Volunteers are needed but everyone is welcome.