Photo Credit: Brandon Schauf
The fifth annual Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade will be held on Sunday, Aug. 27 on N. Tryon Street in Uptown Charlotte during the two-day Charlotte Pride Festival, Saturday, Aug. 26 and Sunday, Aug. 27.
Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, 1-3 p.m.
N. Tryon St., Uptown Charlotte
The Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade will kick off at 1 p.m. from 9th and N. Tryon Sts. Thousands of marchers will continue down Uptown’s main street to Trade St., where marching contingents and floats will be welcomed into Independence Square at Trade & Tryon Sts. by our panel of parade emcees and judges. Parade line-up and staging areas are from 9th to 11th Sts.
Emcee and Judges Stand
The Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade Emcee and Judges Stand will be located at Independence Square at Trade & Tryon Sts.
Charlotte Pride is proud to be one of the only Uptown festivals to consistently provide accessible opportunities for our entire community over several years.
Charlotte Pride strives to provide an accessible experience for all our attendees and participants. Accessible restrooms, VIP Lounge and stage viewing area will be provided. Sign language interpreters will be available for stage entertainment and at the parade judges/emcee stand.
Parade Emcees & Judges
Hailing from the Carolinas, 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 wow audiences from corporate functions to pride festivals.
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. Malachi returns to Charlotte Pride after moving recently to Atlanta.
Award-winning radio broadcaster Sheri Lynch has been 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.
Parade Grand Marshals
Longtime transgender activist Monica Helms is honored this year as Grand Marshal of the 2017 Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade. Helms’ long career in activism has included a wide variety of lobbying and other community work. She is perhaps best known as the creator of the Transgender Pride Flag, which was first flown at the Phoenix, Arizona, Pride Parade in 2000. In 2003, Helms founded the Transgender American Veterans Association. Helms is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, where she served from 1970-1978. During her time in the Navy, Helms served on two submarines, the USS Francis Scott Key and USS Flasher. Helms’ courageous advocacy on behalf of all LGBTQ people, but specifically for transgender community members serves as a model for community dedication and service.
The Hon. Jeff Jackson
North Carolina State Senator Jeff Jackson is honored this year as Grand Marshal of the 2017 Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade. Senator Jackson has been an outspoken ally to the local LGBTQ community. Since joining the North Carolina General Assembly, Senator Jackson has led with passion in defending LGBTQ equality in Charlotte and across the state. He was a steadfast opponent of HB2 and ferociously defended the City of Charlotte’s LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances when the legislature debated the bill’s supposed compromises and repeal. Senator Jackson has also taken a lead on issues affecting all citizens, such as fair redistricting and updates to the state’s outdated, unfair sex offense laws. Senator Jackson’s work has been an inspiration to many.
Parade Documents and Line-Up Information
Learn more: Participating in the Charlotte Pride Parade
A parade entry can be an individual or group who participates in the Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade. Entries can be groups of individuals with their own theme, set, cast, sound and scenario. Art meets social commentary in the back of a truck, on motorcycles or marching along Tryon Street. Whatever your entry may be, it should openly display something: showing yourself off, displaying your ideals, recognizing your friends or making a statement against discrimination and bigotry — all done with a sense of artistic flair in full public view.
Examples and Ideas for Charlotte Pride Parade Entries:
- Parade Entries can be individuals or groups of individuals;
- Parade Entries can be motorcycles, cars, trucks, flat bed trucks, decorated in a festive manner that represents your group, business, or makes a social statement;
- Parade Entries can be marching bands, street performers, dance groups, or a festive theme;
- Parade Entries can be artistic and showcase the ideas of your group;
- Parade Entries can be colorful, entertaining, and display community achievement and pride;
- Parade Entries can represent Charlotte, the Carolinas, sports, tourism, health, prosperity, entertainment and/or the arts;
- Parade Entries can promote worthy causes in a creative, crowd-pleasing way;
- Parade Entries can represent the wide cultural diversity of the region.
Float Building Handbook:
Click here to download this handy float-building handbook from VictoryCorps.com (PDF).
Other Resources and Float Materials
How to Build a Float Resources
Last updated: Aug. 9, 2017