Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade to celebrate 50th anniversary of Stonewall in Uptown Charlotte next weekend, Aug. 17-18

Annual event, the largest of its kind in the region, preceded by a variety of community events, Aug. 9-18

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade, an annual two-day event celebrating and empowering the LGBTQ community of Charlotte and the Carolinas, will be held in Uptown Charlotte, Saturday, Aug. 17 and Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. This year’s event marks a special moment in history for the LGBTQ community, which has been commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots & Uprising all year. The June 1969 Stonewall Uprising has been widely credited as the catalyst which launched the modern movement for LGBTQ equality.

Charlotte Pride organizers say they have taken special care to craft this year’s event with the legacy and memory of Stonewall in mind — from the event’s annual Interfaith Service on Aug. 9th to expanded activities and opportunities for a diverse, intersectional LGBTQ community during the festival and parade weekend.

“Our Movement for Queer Liberation has come a long way since those fateful days in June 1969, yet there’s so much more that we must continue to fight for,” says Charlotte Pride Board of Directors President, Daniel Valdez. “Our community is multi-racial, multi-generational and non-binary. We are black, immigrant and Muslim. We’re entrepreneurs, teachers, construction workers, lawyers and low-income workers. We want affordable housing, living wages, economic opportunity, a brighter future for our kids and our environment. All of these voices, experiences and identities have been always been present in our movement, but today they are becoming more visible. We must continue to create spaces for these voices and stories to be shared and to be heard.”

The PNC Bank Festival Zone will be held on S. Tryon St., between Trade and Stonewall Sts. on Saturday, Aug. 17 and Sunday, Aug. 18. Festival hours on Saturday are 12-10 p.m. and on Sunday are 12 p..m.-6 p.m. The festival features entertainment on the Wells Fargo Stage and the Charlotte Pride Community Stage, presented by Truliant Federal Credit Union. Also in the festival zone is the expanded Charlotte Pride VIP Experience, presented by American Airlines. The VIP Experience includes an air-conditioned, indoor lounge, complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres, a pre-parade mimosa brunch, special stage and parade viewing areas, and more. The Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade will be held on Sunday, Aug. 18, 1-3 p.m. on N. Tryon St. The parade’s emcee stage will be situated at Trade & Tryon Sts.

Headlining and featured entertainers on the Wells Fargo Stage this year include pop and dance superstar Betty Who, Amara La Negra of “Love & Hip Hop: Miami” fame, Persian songstress Gia Woods, Baltimore Club Queen TT The Artist, iHeart 2019 Best New Pop Artist nominee MAX, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestants Asia O’Hara and Kameron Michaels, Kristen Merlin of NBC’s “The Voice” Season 6, and Baltimore underground house and hip hop star Kotic Couture, among a variety of other local and regional entertainers.

Brand new or expanded attractions at the event this year include the Charlotte Pride Health Fair, presented by Amity Medical Group and RX Clinic Pharmacy; the Charlotte Pride Youth Zone, presented by Microsoft in partnership with Time Out Youth; and the Charlotte Pride Neighborhood Market, with small and independent retailers selling artisan crafts and other goods, presented by Gilead.

Organizers have increased the number of events, programs and intentional planning efforts in the lead-up to the festival and parade this year. On Aug. 13, the Charlotte Trans Pride Job Fair will bring together transgender-affirming employers and those in the trans community seeking employment. That event will be followed by a social and mixer in the evening. On Aug. 16, the new Charlotte Pride Women’s Takeover will offer a safe and inclusive space for women-identified people to relax and socialize the evening before the festival and parade. During the weekend itself, those needing special accessibility options, including those using wheelchairs or needing American Sign Language interpretation, will find new and expanded accessible viewing areas at both the festival’s main stage and parade’s emcee stage.

More information on Pride Week events can be found online at https://charlottepride.org/prideweek/. More information on accessibility options can be found online at https://charlottepride.org/access/. General information about all events can be found at https://charlottepride.org/.

The Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade is one of the largest annual civic events in the city and the largest of its kind between Atlanta and Washington, D.C. In 2017, it became the city’s largest parade, by number of individual marchers and parade contingents. In 2018, the event contributed more than $7 million in local economic impact, including nearly $240,000 generated in Mecklenburg County taxes.

A pre-event press conference previewing the weekend event with organizers and representatives from various public agencies will be held on Friday, Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. at Trade & Tryon Sts. More detailed guidance for media attending the press conference and covering the festival and parade will be provided on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 8, 2019
Media Contact: Matt Comer, matt@charlottepride.org