Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade, Aug. 20-21, 2016
This page is designed to give local, regional and national media outlets the resources and tools they need to best cover the Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade. Below you will find several resources and important information, including recent press releases, street closure information and details on credentials, access, parking, live broadcasts and more. Specific questions or other inquiries should be directed toward Charlotte Pride’s primary media contact. Official statements, comments and releases will be posted to our press release archive or available from our primary media contact.
Please note: Expected crowds at the festival and parade on Saturday and Sunday may limit cell reception Uptown or loud events might prevent our media contact from answering his phone. Please feel free to text, leave a voice mail or call back if your call is missed.
Press Releases & Media Statements
Latest Press Releases and Media Advisories:
• Charlotte Pride celebrates successful event, still working to determine final attendance estimate (Aug. 22, 2016)
Road Closures: Festival
Friday, Aug. 19-Sunday, Aug. 21, S. Tryon St.
• Friday, August 19, 9:30 a.m.: Tryon Street from Levine Avenue of the Arts to Trade Street; All cross streets will remain open.
• Saturday, August 20, 6 a.m.: Tryon Street between Stonewall and Trade Street; All cross streets will close: Levine Avenue of the Arts, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, 3rd, 4th and Trade Streets
• Sunday, August 21, 10 p.m.: All streets will reopen.
Road Closures: Parade
Sunday, Aug. 21, N. Tryon St.
The Charlotte Pride Parade will begin Sunday, August 21 at 1 p.m. at 9th Street and Tryon Street. The parade turns east on Trade Street and disperses on College Street. Staging for the parade will close Tryon Street between 9th and 11th Streets and the cross streets between Church Street and College Street at 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
PNC Bank Festival Zone
Saturday, Aug. 20, Noon-10 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 21, Noon-6 p.m.
S. Tryon St., between Trade & Stonewall Sts.
Festival Attractions: Youth Zone, Family Zone, Karaoke Bar, Flourish: A Celebration of LGBTQ Arts + Culture, HIV Testing/Awareness, Food Court
Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade
Sunday, Aug. 21, 1-3 p.m.
N. Tryon St., starting at 9th St. turning left at Trade St., to College St.
Hosted by emcees Delighted Tobehere and Matt Harris of 107.9 The Link.
Wells Fargo Stage
Saturday, Aug. 20, Noon-10 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 21, Noon-6 p.m.
S. Tryon and Stonewall Sts.
Featuring local, regional and national entertainment, including Eden xo, Adore Delano, Jujubee, Shangela, Dust and Ashes and more. More entertainment TBA.
Wells Fargo Stage Highlights
Saturday, Aug. 20, 12:30 p.m.
Opening Ceremony with Mayor Jennifer Roberts
Saturday, Aug. 20
2:45 PM — Trey Pearson
3:45 PM — Dust and Ashes
4:30 PM — Jujubee and the Chasers Drag Review
5:30 PM — VASSY
6:30 PM — Eden xo
7:30 PM — K. Michelle
Credentials & Access
All members of the media are asked to wear identifying marks or proper outlet-issued credentials while on-site at the event. Charlotte Pride will not be issuing media credentials of its own. Limited access to the stage area, VIP area and other restricted access areas will be granted only to those members of the media possessing proper credentials from a recognized media outlet. Access to restricted areas will be granted at the sole discretion of Charlotte Pride officials. Members of the media should contact Matt Comer with any specific footage or coverage needs in restricted areas by calling or texting 704-625-6449 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Media will only be allowed stage access between entertainment acts and will not be allowed in backstage areas, unless having received prior written approval from Matt Comer.
In order to ensure all media outlets receive the materials, footage and interviews they require either before or during the event, Charlotte Pride asks ALL members of the media planning on covering the festival and/or parade to RSVP their expected attendance to Matt Comer at 704-625-6449 or email@example.com. To contact Matt Comer on site, you may call or text or ask any person wearing a staff T-shirt or anyone at an information tent to radio him for you.
Charlotte Pride organizers will be available for in-person interviews prior to the event, during the event and after the event. To schedule an interview, please call Matt Comer at 704-625-6449. Please note: Expected crowds at the festival and parade on Saturday and Sunday may limit cell reception Uptown or loud events might prevent our media contact from answering his phone. Please feel free to text, leave a voice mail or call back if your call is missed.
Television media are welcome to join us anytime during our event for morning, afternoon or evening news broadcasts. A limited number of parking spaces for TV trucks will be available on-site. Media trucks needing parking for live broadcasts can park on W. MLK Blvd. behind or adjacent to festival recycling and trash trucks. Max cable run is 400 feet depending on parking location. Please contact Matt Comer at 704-625-6449 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to have live news crews present at the event. Crews will be able to set up on-site at the W. MLK Blvd. location on Saturday, Aug. 20, 6 a.m.-Midnight; Sunday, Aug. 21, 6 a.m.-9 p.m. On-site broadcasting parking will vary on Friday, Aug. 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; contact Matt Comer when arriving on Friday, Aug. 19. For a detailed site map, email email@example.com.
Charlotte Pride cannot guarantee on-site media parking within the festival area or on closed streets. We suggest the paid surface lot on College St., between St. Peter’s Catholic Church and the Harvey Gantt Museum. Media might also be able to park trucks in front of the old Charlotte Observer building location, but this is not guaranteed.
A note on editorial coverage
Charlotte Pride organizers respectfully ask media outlets to remember that Charlotte Pride is a celebration of the entire diversity of the LGBTQ community. Please limit your coverage of protesters who seek to distract from and disparage the LGBTQ community and our allies. Please strive to include a full diversity of images and community members in your coverage, including LGBTQ people of all ages, races and backgrounds, LGBTQ-led families, people of faith and others. Organizers thank local media outlets for their continued diligence in ensuring fair and equitable coverage of the LGBTQ community.
2016 Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade
The annual Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade will be held this year on Aug. 20-21, 2016. The two-day festival will be held in the PNC Bank Festival Zone on S. Tryon St. between Trade and Stonewall Sts., and will include close to 200 vendors and non-profit community organizations, community and headlining entertainment, arts activities, a family zone, youth zone and more. The Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade will be held on N. Tryon St. on Sunday, Aug. 21, 1-3 p.m. Featured and community entertainment is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 21 and Sunday, Aug. 22 on the Wells Fargo Stage. Last year’s event attracted more than 120,000 visitors over the course of the weekend, making Charlotte Pride the largest LGBTQ event in the Carolinas and between Washington, D.C., and Atlanta.
The festival and parade are the signature annual events for Charlotte Pride, the leader in LGBTQ visibility in Charlotte and the Carolinas. We present and collaborate on programs, projects, and activities, including the annual Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade, Charlotte Trans Pride, Charlotte Latin Pride, and the GayCharlotte Film Festival, among others. Since its founding in 2000, Charlotte Pride has expanded its year-round programming and partnerships to better connect community members with its mission, vision, and values. It is now one of the largest LGBTQ Pride organizations in the American Southeast.