Unsure if you’ll be attending this year’s Charlotte Pride celebration? Well, we did some research to bring you 5 reasons you have to go this month!
1. There’s a 2-day Cultural Festival
To celebrate the social, cultural, ethnic, artistic and political diversity of the metro Charlotte area’s LGBTQ community, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, Noon-10 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 27, 2016, Noon-6 p.m. Charlotte Pride’s free two-day cultural festival includes diverse national, regional and local entertainers, musicians and bands, and numerous participating vending booths, including art exhibitors, area non-profits, political candidates, retailers, food stands and more.
Map of Pride Festival
2. Amazing performances on the Wells Fargo Stage
On both days of Charlotte Pride, the Wells Fargo stage will feature local, regional and national talent across diverse and popular genres. From important public figures in Charlotte like Mayor Jennifer Roberts to music artists and some of our favorite drag queens, the Wells Fargo stage will be be the place to go at Charlotte Pride for important speeches and serious talent!
Wells Fargo Stage Schedule:
3. The Hosts of Charlotte Pride Parade
This year’s pride parade is the 5th annual Pride Parade sponsored by Bank of America. On Sunday, August 27th, come out to watch local lgbtq organizations, supporters, and members of our community marching and riding on decorative floats down Tryon Street!
The panel of parade emcees and judges discusses the floats and groups marching as they approach independence square at Trade and Tryon st. This year, 3 special judges take the microphone: Delighted Tobehere, Malachi and Sheri Lynch!
Delighted Tobehere has been named one of America’s funniest drag queens! Delighted combines celebrity illusion, vocal impressions, live vocals, lip sync, comedy, intelligence, and quick wit to entertain us all.
Malachi is a national recording artist and popular gender-bending drag entertainer, well known for his provocative outfits, wild dance moves, risqué and humorous remakes of popular hit songs and music videos.
Sheri Lynch is an award-winning radio broadcaster recognized by the Alliance for Women in Media and named one of the Most Influential Women in American radio every year since 2010. She is the author of two best-selling books and holds a Master’s degree in social work.
4. Charlotte Pride VIP Pass
This year you can purchase your VIP Pass and get all of the Pride perks! You’ll get exclusive VIP access to the front of the Wells Fargo stage for both festival days and VIP seating at the Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade on Sunday. You’ll also be able to skip the August Carolina heat and cool off in the Charlotte Pride VIP Lounge at the Charlotte Chamber! This year there is a BRAND NEW indoor and air-conditioned space featuring catered bites and treats, a private bar, entertainment, VIP gift bags and swag for both days of the Charlotte Pride Festival in the PNC Bank Festival Zone, Aug. 26-27. Buy your ticket here!
5. You can bring your kids!
Although many people go to pride with their friends and partners, tons of people bring their families to celebrate! In addition to the amazing performances on the Wells Fargo stage, there will also be tons of tents at the festival for you and your family to check out!
4th & Tryon Sts.
This family-friendly zone will include games, crafts, dress up and a place for families to be together and have fun. It is intended for children under 11 who are accompanied by an adult. Hours: August 20, Noon-6 p.m.; August 21, 1:30-6 p.m.
Levine Avenue of the Arts
Learn more about LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities across the region and nation. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Learn more at campuspride.org.
Tryon St., between MLK & Levine
Be sure to stop by our various HIV/AIDS service organizations and educational groups to get tested and learn more about HIV awareness, prevention and treatment.
Tryon St., between 3rd & 4th Sts.
With abundant seating and more food options including traditional carnival food, barbecue, Chinese, ice cream, burgers, hot dogs and more.
Trade & Tryon Sts.
Grab a drink and party to the sounds of karaoke and other community entertainment. Sit back and listen in or grab the mic and be a star! Karaoke and other performances will be offered throughout the weekend festival.