Lights up

Montrose bridges will light up Houston for special events and causes

Montrose bridges will light up Houston for special events and causes

Montrose bridge lights
Houston's answer to the Empire State Building: Seven arched bridges spanning the Southwest Freeway will be lit up to highlight local charities and non-denominational nonprofit organizations.  @CrackedFox.com/Montrose District

For decades, New York's Empire State Building has been lit up in multiple colors for special holidays, causes and events. Now Houston has its own iconic way to do the same thing.

The Montrose Management District (MMD) has announced it will use the programmable LED lights on the seven arched bridges spanning the Southwest Freeway to highlight events sponsored by Houston charities and non-denominational nonprofit organizations. Those groups must apply at least 60 days in advance of the event and the decision will be made by the district's board of directors.

Holidays, historical events, and extraordinary events or occurrences of city, state, national or international significance are eligible as are city and Montrose initiatives. But lighting requests for personal occasions or religious observances will not be considered.

“We are pleased to demonstrate our support of nonprofit causes, as well as to promote awareness of various initiatives that impact our diverse community,” MMD chairman Claude Wynn said in a statement. “The bridges are a significant landmark in Houston, and we look forward to giving nonprofits the ability to use the lights in their promotions and awareness-building efforts.”

For more information, visit www.MontroseDistrict.org/Lights.

The first holiday to be observed in lights on the Montrose bridges was this past St. Patrick's Day, when they were bathed in green LED lights. Holidays already marked for observance on the bridges include:

Martin Luther King Jr. Day – red, white, and blue
President’s Day – red, white and blue
St. Patrick’s Day – green
Earth Day – green and blue
Cinco de Mayo – red, green, and white
Memorial Day – red, white, and blue
Pride Week – rainbow colors
4th of July – red, white, and blue
Italian Festival – green white and red
Greek Festival – white and blue
September 11 – red, white, blue
Halloween – orange and black
Veteran’s Day – red, white, blue
World AIDS Day – red
Hanukkah – blue and white
Christmas – red and green
Kwanza – red, black, green
New Year’s Eve – bright white or gold