Charlotte Pride to honor local leaders at annual festival and parade, Aug. 17-18

Charlotte Pride announces 2019 Champions of Pride Awards recipients and parade grand marshals

Pictured above: James Rice III (left), Ashley Nurkin (middle), Audrey Ansel (right), Charlotte Black Pride (top), John Arrowood (bottom)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte Pride, the local nonprofit organization which produces the annual Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade, has announced its 2019 recipients of its Champions of Pride Awards, as well as the grand marshals for this year’s Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade.

Three local leaders will each be honored as Champions of Pride, including Time Out Youth staffer James Rice III, former PFLAG Charlotte President Ashley Nurkin, and youth advocate Audrey Ansel. Each are being honored for their commitment and dedication to the LGBTQ community. Rice will be presented the Harvey Milk Award for his leadership. Nurkin will be recognized as this year’s Outstanding Ally. Ansel will receive this year’s Young Catalyst Award.

This year’s parade grand marshals are Charlotte Black Pride and The Hon. John S. Arrowood. Charlotte Black Pride recently celebrated its 15th annual Charlotte Black Pride events. Judge John Arrowood currently sits on the North Carolina Court of Appeals and is the first openly LGBTQ person to win a statewide election in the South.

Award winners and grand marshals will be recognized on the Wells Fargo Stage on Saturday, Aug. 17th, 5 p.m., during the two-day Charlotte Pride Festival in the PNC Bank Festival Zone. Each will also ride in and be honored in the parade on Sunday, Aug. 18th, 1-3 p.m.

For more information on this year’s Champions of Pride, visit For more on this year’s grand marshals, visit

The 2019 Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade will be held Saturday, Aug. 17 and Sunday, Aug 18 in Uptown Charlotte. The festival will be held on S. Tryon St. between Trade and Stonewall Sts. The Sunday parade will be held on N. Tryon St., starting at 9th St. and continuing toward Trade St. and College St. More information about the 2019 Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade can be found online at or by downloading Charlotte Pride’s new mobile app.