The third annual Charlotte Pride Parade will be held on Sunday, Aug. 16 on Tryon Street in Uptown Charlotte during the two-day Charlotte Pride Festival, Saturday, Aug. 15 and Sunday, Aug. 16. Organizers expect a high turnout for parade participants, so get your applications in early!
Application deadline: August 1, 2015
Parade Rules & Release Forms
How much does it cost to march in the parade?
Well, it depends. We have different rates for different types of entries and whether the entry will have vehicles or not. Our 2015 fee schedule is as follows:
- Individual walking groups/nonprofit organizations: $75.00
- Small business/corporate entries: $125.00
- Each car, truck or van: $35.00
- Each float: $35.00 (includes entry for the towing vehicle)
- Motorcycles: $25.00 (1-7); $50.00 (8-14); $75.00 (15+)
Have other parade questions? Click here to see a detailed Frequently Asked Questions for answers to some of the most commonly asked questions we receive. If your question is not answered here or you need clarification on any of the policies, terms and conditions, please email our parade coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadlines & Important Dates:
August 1, 2015: Deadline for Parade Entry Applications
TBA: Mandatory Parade Entry Meeting
Mandatory Parade Entry Meeting
All participants and entries in the Charlotte Pride Parade must send at least one representative to the Parade Entry/Participant Meeting. Parade rules and regulations, city ordinances and other requirements will be discussed. Date, time and location to be announced.
Learn more: Participating in the
Charlotte Pride Parade
A parade entry can be an individual or group who participates in the 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
Parade Route & Times:
Sunday, Aug. 16, 1-3 p.m.
2014 Parade Route: The Charlotte Pride Parade will kick off at 9th St. on N. Tryon St., continue down Tryon St. to Trade St., turn left and end at College St. Parade stand and VIP viewing area will be located in Independence Square at Trade & Tryon Sts. Parade line-up and set-up areas are from 9th St. to 11th St. Access to the parade VIP viewing area will be made available as soon as event VIP passes are on sale.
Last updated: Feb. 7, 2015