Accessibility

Charlotte Pride strives to make its programs, events, and activities accessible to all community members.

We have instituted a number of practices to ensure better accessibility. Below you will find some of these practices outlined and explained, along with other accommodation notes. We are always open to suggestions and are committed to continually reviewing, updating, or revising our accessibility practices. If you have input or suggestions please email info@charlottepride.org.

Festival & Parade

Festival
The festival is a two-day event held on public streets in Uptown Charlotte.

  • Most of the streets and sidewalks are accessible for those using wheeled mobility devices. Some street and sidewalk surfaces are uneven.
  • Large crowds inside the festival zone may make movement difficult.
  • Limited sight-lines exist in some places around the main and community stages, as well as around vendor spaces and exhibits.
  • Stages are raised and will use amplified sound and strobe lights.
  • Not all vendor spaces may be accessible for those using wheeled mobility devices.
  • The event is an outdoor event and will occur rain or shine. Average Charlotte temperatures in August are 88°F (high temperature) and 68°F (low temperature).

Accessible Festival Stage Viewing Area
A reserved area in front of the main stage is available for event attendees needing ASL interpretation and those using wheelchairs or other mobility devices. Accessible seating will not be provided. This section is reserved only for those needing accommodation and their companions. A temporary curb ramp with a useable width of 47 inches will be provided to guide wheelchair and other mobility device users from the sidewalk curb onto the street level inside the viewing area.

Parade
The parade is a two-hour event held on public streets in Uptown Charlotte.

  • Most of the streets and sidewalks are accessible for those using wheeled mobility devices. Some street and sidewalk surfaces are uneven.
  • Large crowds on sidewalks along the parade route may make movement difficult.
  • Limited sight-lines exist in some places.
  • The parade stage is raised and will use amplified sound.
  • The event is an outdoor event and will occur rain or shine. Average Charlotte temperatures in August are 88°F (high temperature) and 68°F (low temperature).

Accessible Parade Stage Viewing Area – Trade & Tryon Sts.
A reserved area along the parade route is available for event attendees needing ASL interpretation and those using wheelchairs or other mobility devices. Accessible seating will not be provided. This section is reserved only for those needing accommodation and their companions. This accessible viewing area is located on W. Trade St. next to the parade stage.

Accessible Parade Stage Viewing Area – First United Methodist Church
A reserved area along the parade route in front of First United Methodist Church (501 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202) is available for event attendees using wheelchairs or other mobility devices. Accessible seating for companions or others may be available, but limited. This section is reserved only for those needing accommodation and their companions. A limited number of accessible parking spaces are available inside the church’s parking deck (entrance located on W. 9th St.).

ASL Interpretation
Charlotte Pride provides ASL interpreters at the Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade. Interpreters are stationed at the festival main stage both days of the festival and on the parade stage during the parade. Event attendees needing ASL interpretation are allowed inside the VIP stage viewing area in front of the festival main stage and the accessible viewing area next to the parade stage. Please see more information regarding Accessible Viewing Areas below.

Accessible Restrooms
The event utilizes rented, portable toilets. At least one surface-level accessible portable toilet is available at each bank of restrooms in the festival zone. Restrooms are located at the edges of the festival zone on Levine Ave., E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. E 3rd St., E. 4th St., and W. Trade St.

Indoor Activities
Some event activities will occur inside buildings along the festival zone, including the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and Charlotte Regional Business Alliance. Both buildings are accessible to those using wheelchairs or other mobility devices. Both buildings offer accessible restrooms and allow the presence of service animals. Please Note: The Charlotte Regional Business Alliance will host a ticketed event. Only those patrons with valid VIP Passes may access the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance.

Other Event Accessibility Concerns, Triggers, and Additional Information

  • Event includes large crowds
  • Event includes the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages
  • Event includes loud and unexpected noises
  • Event includes strong smells and odors, especially in the food court area
  • Event includes some explicit language from entertainers
  • Service animals are allowed in any event area open to the public and in the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance and Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Offices, Programs & EVENTS

Charlotte Pride offices
The Charlotte Pride offices are located on the second floor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. The office space is only accessible via stairs. When hosting larger events, we use Holy Trinity Lutheran’s fellowship hall or sanctuary, both of which are accessible for users of wheeled mobility devices. It is not always possible for us to utilize first floor or ground floor space and we may not be able to always provide accessibility for users of wheeled mobility devices. If you are interested in attending an event or meeting hosted at the Charlotte Pride office and want more information on accessibility, please email info@charlottepride.org. We ask for a two week notice to arrange accommodations.

Charlotte Pride events
Charlotte Pride strives to host out-of-office events and activities in spaces which are accessible to all community members, including spaces with building access like ramps or elevators and accessible restrooms.

Online Communication of Event Accessibility Information
It is our general policy to adequately communicate any necessary accessibility information about our event venues prior to events occurring. We communicate this information on our online event listings at www.charlottepride.org and on event listings on www.facebook.com.

Website & General Online Communications Practices
We are in the process of reviewing the accessibility of our primary website at www.charlottepride.org and for our general practices and policies regarding online communications, including the use of image descriptions. We do not yet have a timeline for updates or implementations.