Frequently Asked Questions

Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade
When is the 2017 Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade?
Where will the Charlotte Pride Festival be held?
When is Charlotte Pride 2018?
How do I volunteer for Charlotte Pride?
Are tickets or admission required for the Charlotte Pride?
Where can I find parking?
Is the event accessible?
Are pets allowed at your event?
Do you recycle at your event?
What is your alcohol and beverage policy?
What is your policy on beverage sales and refunds?

Charlotte Pride funding
Who funds/pays for Charlotte Pride?
Where does the money from Charlotte Pride go?
How can I contribute to the Charlotte Pride?

Vendors, Events, Pageants, Misc
How can I register as a vendor at the festival?
How can I advertise with Charlotte Pride?
How can my organization or business plan an event with/for Charlotte Pride?
I want to participate in a pageant. Where do I learn more?
I have a comment or feedback. Where can I submit my concerns?
What is the history of the Pride Flag and what do the colors mean?

 


When is Charlotte Pride?
Charlotte Pride Week is August 18-27, 2017, with events and activities sponsored by LGBTQ businesses and community organizations in Charlotte. The Charlotte Pride Festival is on Saturday, August 26, Noon-10pm, and Sunday, August 27, Noon-6pm, 2017. The Charlotte Pride Parade is on Sunday, August 27, 2017, 1-3 p.m.

Where will the Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade be held?
The festival will be held along S. Tryon St. and the parade on N. Tryon St. in Uptown Charlotte.

When is Charlotte Pride 2018?
We are in the process of finalizing dates and details for Charlotte Pride activities in 2018. Stay tuned to charlottepride.org for updates.

How do I volunteer for Charlotte Pride?
Click here to learn more about volunteering.

Are tickets or admission required for the Charlotte Pride?
Charlotte Pride is free. Other events during Pride Week may charge a fee, depending on venue. More details and information regarding Pride Week events, including any admission costs, will be updated as it becomes available.

Where can I find parking?
Charlotte Pride is held in Uptown Charlotte. There are numerous parking lots and garages scattered around the festival area. Please check back soon for updates, including recommended decks and lots and a map of area parking options.

Is the event accessible?
Yes. Charlotte Pride is located on public property and most venues will be handicap accessible.

Are pets allowed at your event?
Pets are discouraged at the Festival site because of our location in Uptown, a lack of grassy areas and the expected crowds. Thank you for your understanding.

Do you recycle at your event?
Yes. We will have recycling bins set up throughout the festival area.

What is your alcohol and beverage policy?
Individuals at Charlotte Pride who consume alcohol are encouraged to drink responsibly. Festival attendees who are obviously intoxicated will not be served alcohol. Individuals who become intoxicated during the festival and parade and exhibit drunken, belligerent or inappropriate behavior may be escorted from the area.

You must be at least 21-years-old to purchase or consume alcohol. All alcohol sales require a picture ID as proof of age. In North Carolina, there are four acceptable forms of photo identification that can be used to buy alcoholic beverages: • Current driver’s license from any state in the United States, • Current U.S. military identification card, • Current North Carolina identification card, • Current official passport issued by any nation.

Only one alcoholic beverage ticket may be redeemed at a single time. Beverage ticket sales will end at one hour before the festival ends. Beverages service ends 30 minutes before the festival closing.

What is your policy on beverage sales and refunds?
Individuals must present a valid picture ID in order to receive a wristband and purchase alcoholic beverage tickets. All beverage tickets must be redeemed before the close of the festival. Charlotte Pride offers no refunds for purchased beverage tickets.

Who funds/pays for Charlotte Pride?
Charlotte Pride is supported by organizations, businesses and individuals who are committed to visibility and diversity in Charlotte and the Carolinas.

Where does the money from Charlotte Pride go?
The majority of proceeds and sponsorships to Charlotte Pride go to the operation and staging of our annual events. Any remaining proceeds are reinvested in the organization’s mission, future growth and collaborative projects.

How can I contribute to Charlotte Pride?
You can contribute to Charlotte Pride in several ways, including by volunteering, donatingsponsoring or by becoming a vendor at the festival.

How can I register as a vendor at the festival?
Please consult our vendors page for detailed vendor information. Please note: Food vendors should contact Pride at vendors@charlottepride.org for more information on vendor application and registration. Thank you.

How can I advertise with Charlotte Pride?
The best opportunities for advertising your business at Charlotte Pride are sponsorships. Contact us at info@charlottepride.org for more detailed information.

How can my organization or business plan an event with/for Charlotte Pride?
Your organization or business can partner with us to plan a third-party event with Charlotte Pride. Your event will be promoted by us. We encourage community organizations to plan events during our Pride Week, a full ten days of events from Aug. 18-27, 2017. Click here to learn how to submit your event and get more information on planning an event with us.

I want to participate in a pageant. Where do I learn more?
Click here to learn more about the Miss Charlotte Pride Pageant.

I have a comment or feedback. Where can I submit my concerns?
You can submit comments, suggestion and feedback to info@charlottepride.org.

What is the history of the Pride Flag and what do the colors mean?
The rainbow flag was first used to symbolize gay pride and diversity by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker and the original was hand-dyed. It first flew in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade on June 25, 1978. The flag consisted of eight stripes and Baker assigned specific meaning to each of the colors: hot pink = sex, red = life, orange = healing, yellow = sunlight, green = nature, turquoise = magic, blue = serenity, violet = spirit. As of 2006, it currently consists of six colored stripes of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. It is most commonly flown with the red stripe on top, as the colors appear in a natural rainbow. The rainbow flag, sometimes called the Pride flag, has been used as a symbol of gay pride and gay rights since the the late 1970s. (Source: www.bostonpride.org/about/faq/)

Last updated: June 26, 2017