Photo Credit: Brandon Schauf
The fourth annual Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade will be held on Sunday, Aug. 21 on N. Tryon Street in Uptown Charlotte during the two-day Charlotte Pride Festival, Saturday, Aug. 20 and Sunday, Aug. 21.
Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, 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. Emcees and other special guests to be announced soon.
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
Award-winning journalist Belén Gómez-Jordana moved to the U.S. in 2009 from Spain and started working for Univision in Arkansas in 2010. Since May 2015, she has been a video journalist for Univision 40 with two nominations for the Emmy Awards.
Matt Harris is the co-host of the Matt and Ramona Radio Show on 107.9 The Link and appears on WCCB News Edge. Matt also supports RAIN, Susan G. Komen, the Colon Cancer Coalition, A Child’s Place, and Charlotte Stands for Heroes.
Grand Marshal: Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts
Mayor Jennifer Roberts is honored this year as the Grand Marshal of the 2016 Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade and the recipient of this year’s Champions of Pride Outstanding Ally Award. Mayor Roberts has a deep commitment to the local LGBTQ community. Her tireless efforts helped to ensure equality during the city’s debate on local non-discrimination protections and in the aftermath of HB2. Her support of a safe and welcoming Charlotte for all who call our city home has been an inspiration to many.
Jennifer Roberts was raised in Charlotte and now she and her husband, Manley, are raising their two children here as well. Roberts graduated as valedictorian from East Mecklenburg High School, attended UNC-Chapel Hill on a Morehead Scholarship—where she was captain of the Tarheel women’s volleyball team her senior year—and has Masters degrees from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and the University of Toronto.
She has worked as a diplomat for the State Department, as an international business woman and as a high school math teacher. She served four terms as an At-Large Mecklenburg County Commissioner, including five years as Chairman. She is only the second woman elected Mayor of Charlotte and is the first person to serve as both Chairman of the County Commission and as Mayor.
Roberts is a proud recipient of the Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Award and has served as a volunteer on numerous local boards and commissions including the Charlotte Chamber, Charlotte Regional Partnership, Arts and Science Council, Girls Scouts Hornets Nest Council, International House, and the Women’s Commission. She has been a tireless advocate for improving public schools and was instrumental in creating a public/private partnership to
build a new shelter for survivors of domestic violence.
Roberts is an outdoor enthusiast, having climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, and enjoys hiking North Carolina trails with her family and riding her bike on the greenway.
Parade applications are now closed
Parade applications are now closed.
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. The mandatory meeting will be held on Aug. 10, at 6:30 p.m. and Aug. 13, at 10:30 a.m. The meetings will be held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1900 The Plaza, Charlotte, NC 28205
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. 13, 2016