Charlotte Pride comes to Uptown, Aug. 24-25, featuring Mayor Patsy Kinsey, national entertainers and first Pride parade in the QC in 19 years

Contact: Matt Comer, Media Chair, 336-391-9528,

PrideLogoFinal-Text-2013-transparentCHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte Pride, the Queen City’s annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Pride celebration, will be held in Uptown Charlotte on Saturday, Aug. 24 and Sunday, Aug. 25. Organizers are excited to announce that their event this year will include the Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade, the first Pride parade to march in Charlotte in 19 years.

Thousands of LGBT community members and their allies will flock to Uptown for the Charlotte Pride Festival at the PNC Bank Festival Zone, on S. Tryon St. between 3rd and Stonewall Sts., Saturday, Aug. 24, Noon-10 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 25, Noon-6 p.m. The festival’s Wells Fargo Stage will host Grammy Award-winning artist Mýa, The Voice’s Judith Hill and New Orleans “Bounce” artist Big Freedia. Other artists include national drag artists Alyssa Edwards, Detox Icunt and CoCo Montrese, contestants from Logo’s hit TV show, “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” presented by The Scorpio.

Mayor Patsy Kinsey

Mayor Patsy Kinsey

The Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade will be held on Sunday, Aug. 25, 1 p.m. on Tryon St. The parade is the first since the statewide NC Pride Fest and Parade visited Charlotte in 1994. Featured participants in the parade include Charlotte Mayor Patsy Kinsey and City Councilmembers LaWana Mayfield and Billy Maddalon, as well as Parade Grand Marshals Wesley Mancini and Bishop Tonyia M. Rawls. Also participating are the inaugural Charlotte Pride Champions of Pride Awards recipients: Janice Covington, Beverly & Bill McIntyre and Juan Carlos Ramos. The parade is comprised of more than 70 entries, floats and vehicles including small businesses, churches, national sponsors, marching bands and community groups representing LGBT youth, straight allies, college students and others. The parade’s emcee stand will be located at Trade and Tryon Sts., featuring emcee Roxy C. Moorecox and other emcees from media sponsors WBTV and Kiss 95.1.

Passes are still on sale for the Charlotte Pride VIP Experience, presented by Time Warner Cable. VIP perks include exclusive access to a VIP lounge at the festival, premium parade viewing areas and more. Learn more and purchase passes at

Organizers also announced that their annual Charlotte Pride Guide is now available, published in partnership with Charlotte Pocket Rocket Guide, a Visibility-level sponsor. The guide contains detailed information about the festival and parade, entertainers and sponsors, as well as a welcome letter and first-ever “Charlotte Pride Weekend” proclamation from Mayor Kinsey. Charlotte Pocket Rocket Guide’s Charlotte Pride edition is currently in circulation across the city; a digital edition can be found online at

More information about the Charlotte Pride festival and parade can be found online at A festival map, parade map, Pride Week events from Aug. 16-25 and a host of other details are available online. More details, as well as media logistics, will be announced throughout this week and next.

Presenting sponsors for this year’s event include Bank of America, PNC Bank, The Scorpio, Time Warner Cable and Wells Fargo. Leadership sponsors include the Charlotte Lesbian & Gay Fund, Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte, Pandora Events and Smirnoff. Visibility sponsors include Bud Light, Charlotte Pocket Rocket Guide, OutSourceGraphix USA and Symantec. Media sponsors include Gayborhood App, Kiss 95.1, QNotes and WBTV. Learn more about our sponsors…

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Organizers and entertainers are available for media interviews. High-resolution images from last year’s event and 2013 entertainer photos, as well as the organization’s logo are available upon request. To schedule interviews or for images, email