2014 Charlotte Pride Parade applications now open

Community organizations, businesses and individuals are invited to apply now to participate in annual parade in August

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte Pride announced on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, that it has opened applications for its 2014 Charlotte Pride Parade, to be held in Uptown Charlotte on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, 1-3 p.m.

Applications to enter the 2014 parade are now open. Applications and other information, like parade rules, can be found online at https://charlottepride.org/parade/. Nominal entry fees this year range from $25-$100. The deadline for entry is Aug. 1, 2014.

The parade makes its return to the Queen City after Charlotte Pride’s successful hosting of the 2013 Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade last year. It marked the first time an lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Pride parade had marched down Tryon St. since 1994. The parade and its associated two-day festival also marked the first time a sitting Charlotte mayor, Patsy Kinsey, proclaimed the weekend, “Charlotte Pride Weekend.” Kinsey and other local dignitaries also participated in the parade, including City Councilmember LaWana Mayfield and former City Councilmember Billy Maddalon.

More than 80 entries participated in the parade last year, representing LGBTQ and straight ally community organizations, event sponsors, faith institutions and others.

The 2014 Charlotte Pride Parade will take place during the two-day Charlotte Pride Festival, Aug. 16-17, 2014. Last year’s events attracted more than 80,000 attendees over two days and organizers expect a thrilling and successful event this year. Vendor spaces are now on sale, but are selling out quickly. Learn more about becoming a vendor at charlottepride.org/vendors/ or becoming a sponsor at charlottepride.org/sponsors/.

The Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade are the culmination of a week-long slate of events highlighting the social, cultural, ethnic, artistic and civic diversity of the Charlotte-Metro area’s LGBTQ communities. Charlotte Pride, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, presents the annual festival, parade and other events. The annual festival is the largest LGBTQ Pride event in the Carolinas and the largest between Atlanta and Washington, D.C.