Photo Credit: Brandon Schauf
The third annual Bank of America 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.
Parade: Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, 1-3 p.m.
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.
Honorary Grand Marshals: Just Married!
In the name of love and in recognition of an historic achievement at the U.S. Supreme Court this year, we’ve dedicated honorary grand marshal slots to the community and to all those Mrs. & Mrs. and Mr. & Mr. couples who can finally say “Just Married.” We invite you and your “Just Married” spouse — whether you’re LGBTQ or a straight ally — to march as an honorary grand marshal this year.
Interested in marching with your spouse and family behind our “Just Married!” banner? Click here to submit your name and secure your honorary grand marshal slot.
2015 Grand Marshals
The Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara
Raised in North Carolina, the Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara is a minister in the United Church of Christ and the executive director of the Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE). With the CSE team, she has traveled North Carolina and the South promoting full LGBT equality, standing with thousands who took action through the WE DO Campaign. CSE was honored to help lead General Synod v. Reisinger, the lawsuit that struck down Amendment One in North Carolina, and a lawsuit that struck down Mississippi’s marriage ban. Beyond helping to achieve marriage equality, CSE offers ongoing free legal clinics, hosts the annual LGBT* in the South conference and has launched the Southern Equality Fund to provide direct funding to LGBT grassroots organizers. CSE’s work has been covered by media outlets across the South and nation. Jasmine is a graduate of Chapel Hill High School, Brown University and Harvard Divinity School. Her debut collection of short stories, DAMN LOVE, was published in 2013 and won the 2014 PEN/Hemingway Honorable Mention Award for Debut Fiction. She lives in Asheville with her wife, Meghann Burke, who leads CSE’s Legal Team, and their son. She is Tar Heels and Panthers fan and also loves romantic comedies.
Jermaine Nakia Lee
Jermaine Nakia Lee is the acting artistic director for the Carolinas Pride Theatre Ensemble funded by the Pride Youth Theatre Alliance. The Ensemble is a program of the Charlotte-based Freedom Center for Social Justice. The Ensemble creates original theatre works that tell the story of marginalized individuals: youth, people of color, women, LGBT and under-privileged communities. Lee attended the famed New World School for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida, as a middle and high school student. He then went on to study Music Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Jermaine is a critically-acclaimed and published playwright whose musicals, For the Love of Harlem and A Walk in my Shoes have enjoyed sold out audiences and national tours. Currently, Lee is a program manager at the PowerHouse Project, a federally-funded community center for LGBT & allied youth/young adults of color, which provides free & confidential HIV testing without appointment and boasts a large drop-in center where social and informative activities are held weekly. Lee also divides his time as Education Director for OnQ Performing Arts, Inc. OnQ is the only professional African-American repertory theatre between D.C. and Atlanta, Ga. Jermaine is the proud recipient of the City of Charlotte’s 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Medallion for his indelible contributions to art and culture, LGBT advocacy and youth empowerment.
Emcees & Judges
Lana Cane is the bubbly alter-ego of local Charlottean Davey S. Greene. Lana hosts a monthly trivia night at Petra’s Piano Bar in Plaza-Midwood, which as been called “wholesome family fun (if kids were allowed)” and has become known as a go-to personality to support local non-profit and community causes. Greene says his character Lana was created during a time in his life when he needed a mechanism to cope with the stresses of caring for his mother during her cancer treatments; like Greene’s mother, Lana is a semi-retired nurse. He describes Lana as “one of those eccentric ladies you see around town that you just couldn’t help but love.”
Chirl Girl’s love of radio and first experience in broadcasting began in Salisbury at the Adult Standards station WSAT. She was asked to read the names on the “Sick and Shut-In” list at the tender age of nine years old. Her official entry into radio was in Chapel Hill doing Top 40 at WCHL and went from there to cover news and sports at WSTP and playing beach music on WRDX. She was recruited away by WSOC 103.7, the top country station in Charlotte, to become their first African-American DJ. She two-stepped and line danced with them for three years and left to work with “The Kevin Cooling Foxx Show” and then went on to co-host and produce “The Breakfast Brothas Morning Show” on the number one urban station, WPEG. After several years there, Chirl Girl moved over to their Urban AC, V101.9, to co-host and produce “The Tom Joyner Morning Show” in Charlotte for three years and then, “The Steve Harvey Morning Show.” Until recently, the last eight years she hosted and produced “The Chirl Girl Show” middays on WBAV in Charlotte.
Charlotte Pride is proud to be one of the only Uptown festivals to consistently provide accessible opportunities for our entire community over several years.
Participate in the parade
Parade Line-up and Staging information
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
August 8, 10:30 a.m.: Mandatory Parade Entry Meeting, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1900 The Plaza, Charlotte, NC 28205. All organizations and entities with entries in the parade are required to send a representative to this 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 8, 10:30 a.m.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
1900 The Plaza, Charlotte, NC 28205
Learn more: Participating in the
Bank of America 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 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. 11, 2015