Photo Credit: Brandon Schauf
The Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade will be held on Sunday, Aug. 17 on Tryon Street in Uptown Charlotte during the two-day Charlotte Pride Festival, Saturday, Aug. 16 and Sunday, Aug. 17. The second annual Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade follows the overwhelmingly successful inaugural parade in 2013, the first of its kind in 19 years.
Parade Route & Times:
Sunday, Aug. 17, 1-3 p.m.
2014 Parade Route: The Bank of America 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. Want access to the parade VIP viewing area? Click here to learn more about VIP passes.
2014 Grand Marshals
The Hon. Patsy Kinsey
Charlotte City Council, District 1
Patsy Kinsey is serving her sixth term as a member of Charlotte City Council from District 1. In July 2013, Kinsey became Charlotte’s second female mayor after being appointed to the office by her colleagues on City Council to serve out the remaining term of former Mayor Anthony Foxx from July to December 2013. Foxx had resigned his post as Mayor to serve as U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Kinsey was the first Charlotte mayor to ride in the Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade and to issue a Charlotte Pride Weekend mayoral proclamation. (Photo Credit: Bobby Cochran)
The Hon. LaWana Mayfield
Charlotte City Council, District 3
LaWana Mayfield represents District 3 on Charlotte City Council. She was elected in 2011 as the city’s first openly LGBT elected official. She is serving in her second term. Mayfield has long been involved in community organizing and advocacy, chairing the Youth and Gang Violence subcommittee of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee, serving as a steering committee member with the Mecklenburg LGBT Political Action Committee and as a community advocate with the Charlotte Community Justice Coalition.
Parade Dignitaries & Special Guests
Charlotte Pride 2014 Champions of Pride: Harvey Milk Award honoree Tonda Taylor, Outstanding Ally Award honoree The Rev. Dr. Nancy Kraft, Young Catalyst Award honoree Andraya Williams
Parade Emcee & Judges
Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade Emcee: Roxy C. Moorecox
Our full slate of parade judges to be announced soon
Parade Entry/Float Application
Parade applications are now closed
Parade Rules & Release Forms
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, 2014: Deadline for Parade Entry Applications
August 9, 2014: Mandatory Parade Entry Meeting
Mandatory Parade Entry Meeting
All participants and entries in the Bank of America 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.
August 9, 2014, 10:30 a.m.
Caldwell Memorial Presbyterian Church
1609 E. Fifth St., Charlotte
Learn more: Participating in the
Bank of America 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 Bank of America 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. 8, 2014