Charlotte Pride Parade

Mark your calendars for the 2016 Charlotte Pride Parade: Aug. 21, 2016


Photo Credit: Brandon Schauf

Parade applications are now open!

Applications for 2016 parade entries are now open. Deadline for application is Aug. 1, 2016.
Click here to submit your application (opens in new window)

Documents for entrants:
Parade Rules & Regulations
Parade FAQs
Group Release

More 2016 parade details will be announced soon! In the meantime, take a look below at what our 2015 event had to offer!

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. Meeting date and time to be announced soon.

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.

Parade Resources

Float Building Handbook:
Click here to download this handy float-building handbook from (PDF).

North Carolina Float-Building Companies

Other Resources and Float Materials

How to Build a Float Resources

Last updated: June 18, 2016