Pride season is here! Your must-see checklist for a fabulous Charlotte Pride 2019

Believe it or not, Pride season is here! June is just around the corner! Rainbows will start popping up everywhere as events and activities — and important deadlines — pop up across the region in the lead up to this year’s Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade, Aug. 17-18, in Uptown Charlotte!

Here’s your must-see checklist to ensure you, your organization, or your business have the most fabulous Pride season this year:

1. Submit your vendor and parade applications by June 1

June 1st is the deadline for submitting your applications to be a festival vendor or participate in the parade. Each year, our spaces fill up more and more quickly! Don’t delay and miss out on your opportunity to be a part of the largest outreach opportunity in the Carolinas’ LGBTQ community. Click here for festival applications and click here for parade applications.


2. Submit your Pride Week events ASAP!

The events and activities leading up to the Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade are planned by fabulous and phenomenal community members just like you! We feature the best events in our featured Charlotte Pride Week calendar online — and if you submit events early enough, they also may get featured in our brand new Charlotte Pride Magazine. The official deadline for submitting Pride Week events is July 22. Click here to learn more.


3. Buy your pass to the Charlotte Pride VIP Experience

Super early bird rates of just $99 end on May 16, with prices going up to $115 afterward. Click here to buy your pass now — hands down the absolute best Pride VIP experience anywhere! Access to an indoor, air-conditioned lounge, complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres all weekend long, a pre-parade mimosa brunch, and so much more!


4. Nominate your Champions of Pride and parade grand marshals!

Know of worthy people or organizations that deserve recognition as a Champion of Pride or a grand marshal for the parade? Click here to nominate them today! Deadline for nominations is June 17th!


5. Are you a student? Apply for the Charlotte Pride Scholarship!

Up to $2,500 is available in a scholarship for successful applicants in this year’s Charlotte Pride Scholarship! Open to LGBTQ and ally high school seniors and college students applying to or continuing at 2- or 4-year institutions of higher education! Click here to learn more and start your scholarship application! Deadline is June 17th.


6. RSVP to these upcoming events from Charlotte Pride and our friends in May, June, July AND AUGUST

There are a ton of awesome community events coming up this month through July! RSVP online or simply save the date for all of these great events and activities from Charlotte Pride and our friends!

May 15 — NCAAN & Charlotte Pride Phonebanking — free pizza and beer!

May 17 — Time Out Youth Platinum Gala

May 21 — Charlotte Trans Pride Interest Meeting

May 21 — Charlotte Latin Pride Interest Meeting

May 23 — CLGF’s The Happening

May 25 — Freedom Center for Social Justice’s Liberating Theologies Speaker Series

May 28 — Chamber’s Meet The Fierce Five

May 29 — Outside of the Loop — LGBTQ Youth Panel and Event in Cornelius

May 30 — Charlotte Latinx Pride Arts Showcase

June 15 — Stonewall 50th Anniversary Rally & Celebration

June 22 — Salisbury Pride Festival

July 13 — Bear-B-Que SAVE THE DATE! More info coming soon!

July 17-21 — Charlotte Black Pride Week

August 4 — Charlotte Pride Drag Pageant

August 11 — Charlotte Pride Interfaith Service SAVE THE DATE! More info coming soon!