Charlotte Pride is a nonprofit organization that believes in helping the LGBTQ community in North and South Carolina. Established in 2001, it is the organization responsible for the major festival and parade that usually takes place around the second week in August. The fun culminates in a festival on Saturday and Sunday, and a parade on late Sunday afternoon. This parade takes place in Uptown and works its way around the neighborhood. The organization estimated that around 165,000 people participated in the 2018 festival, which is more than 15,000 more than the number who came out the previous year.
Pride or Pride-like festivities had been held in Charlotte since the 1970s, with events like carnivals and picnics held at a variety of locations, including UNC-Charlotte, Bryant Park and Marshall Park, the parking lot at Scorpio and The VanLandingham Estate but the very first Charlotte Pride made its debut in 2001, hosting its first events in Marshall Park.
In 2011, the event made a historic move to Uptown, holding its one-day festival on S. Tryon St., between 3rd St. and the Levine Avenue of the Arts. In 2012, the festival made yet another historic decision, expanding to two days.
Charlotte Pride is the largest LGBT event in North Carolina and now one of the largest LGBTQ Pride organizations in the American Southeast.
The 2019 Charlotte Pride Parade is only in its seventh year. Though the city hosted an annual LGBTQ parade, it ended in the 1980s and took nearly 20 years before it launched a new one. Sponsored by Bank of America, it uses the official name of the Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade.
Scheduled for Sunday, August 18, the colorful parade will run from 1pm to 3pm. Those participating in the parade should arrive by 11am by the latest to get ready for the event. The deadline for those who want to march and get in on the fun is June 1, 2019. You must submit an official application and get a response back from the organization before you can join.
The parade brings together dozens of larger and smaller floats, as well as individuals and groups who want to walk. Groups can bring banners and other items that they display as they walk. They can ride in or on motorcycles and other vehicles too. You'll find just as many people sitting along the parade route as you notice in the parade itself. Charlotte offers parking downtown and public transportation for those who want to leave their vehicles at home, or at their misterb&b accommodation. The route for the parade changes each year but is always in Uptown.
Everyone who attends the parade will find that the Charlotte Pride Festival is more than just a parade. The fun starts on Friday, August 9, 2019, and runs through to Sunday, August 18, 2019. This year's event will use the theme Celebrating Stonewall to recognize the men and women who spoke up in the New York uprising. The organizers hope to bring attention to those who came before them.
The Charlotte Pride Festival will also include an LGBTQ film festival that will feature short and full-length films starring and created by actors from the community. This alluring festival began in 2008, and continues to attract visitors and special guests from around the world. Charlotte Latin Pride is a festival that takes place at the same time, and allows LGBTQ members of the Latin community a place to share their experiences.
More than 300,000 people attended the Charlotte gay pride events in 2017, but the event grows in numbers with each passing year. Part of its success relies on the fun activities that are available, including workshops for those who want to learn how to do basic things, as well as wine tasting events that let guests sample some of the delicious wines produced in the Carolinas. There is even a scholarship fund that the organization uses to grant funds to LGBTQ students in need.
Running just over one week, this August event is a must-see for anyone in the LGBTQ community. Charlotte gay pride week makes it easy for guests to volunteer for the parade and to enjoy all the fun and excitement. If you are keen to volunteer during Charlotte Gay Pride, check out the pride's official website.
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