Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade

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Photo Credit: Brandon Schauf

Bank of AmericaThe 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.


Parade Emcees

Delighted Tobehere

delighted-circleDelighted Tobehere started her performance career in February 2001 by doing a talent show with The Armorettes — “The Infamous Camp Drag Queens of the South” — in the legendary nightclub Backstreet Atlanta. Since then she’s been a tour de force in the drag scene presenting her masterful and diverse skills as an entertainer. A self described “Queen of all Trades,” Delighted combines celebrity illusion, vocal impressions, live vocals, lip sync, comedy, intelligence, and quick wit to wow audiences from corporate functions to Pride festivals.

Delighted Tobehere was named as one of the funniest drag queens in America by the Huffington Post, and the internationally celebrated comedian Pam Ann says that she is “hysterical!”

Hailing from the Carolinas, her southern upbringing lends a charm to her performances that makes everyone feel comfortable and welcomed, even in her new home of New York City! Within her first two months of living in The Big Apple, Delighted won the titles of “New York’s Best In Drag” and a live singing drag queen competition called “Sing, Queen!,” as well as securing weekly residencies at local nightclubs. She has performed over 100 shows in both London and LA and travels extensively across the nation.

Delighted’s feature celebrity illusion is none other than Adele. London’s QX Magazine says that her impersonation is “something that has to be seen to be believed!” and Boy George said that it was “perfection!”

Most recently, Delighted debuted on NBC’s America’s Got Talent to rave reviews and 4 Yes votes from the judges: “I loved the entire performance” – Howard Stern, and “[Delighted] just became the first country music drag star!” – Howie Mandel.

You can follow Delighted Tobehere on social media @QueenDelighted (IG, Twitter, Periscope, etc) and Like her on Facebook!


STAY TUNED! More emcee announcements coming soon!


LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WEEKEND ACTIVITIES:
Stage Entertainment | Festival | VIP Experience | Parking & Transportation | Pride Guide (Coming Soon)


Parade applications are now open!

Applications for 2016 parade entries are now open. Deadline for application is Aug. 5, 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. The mandatory meeting will be held on Aug. 10, at 6:30 p.m. and Aug. 13, at 10:30 a.m. You will received an email reminder with the location in early July.

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 VictoryCorps.com (PDF).

North Carolina Float-Building Companies
clinesfloats.com
kirbyparadefloats.com

Other Resources and Float Materials
VictoryCorps.com

How to Build a Float Resources
ncpride.org/pride/library/articles/floatbuilding.pdf
paradefloatstuff.com/index.php?p=home
valleydecorating.com/paradefloat.html


Last updated: July 22, 2016