Pride Season Applications

Learn more about and submit applications for vendor and parade participation

Pop-Up Pride Vendor Applications

We invite you to submit an application for vendor/exhibition space at this year’s Charlotte Pride Pop-Up Festival on Saturday, September 18, 2021.

Due to event planning constraints and capacity limits due to the pandemic, we have an extremely limited supply of vendor and exhibition spaces this year. Priority will be given to community organizations and returning/longtime vendors. Additionally, vendor spaces this year come with limited options. All applicants are limited to a single 10-foot by 10-foot space and must supply their own tent and tent weights. No vendor spaces will have access to electricity. One table and two chairs will be provided. Additional tables may be brought by vendors, but all vendor activations must be contained within your 10-foot by 10-foot space.

Please note: Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance. Invoices will be sent only after confirmation of acceptance. 

2021 Vendor Fees:
$200 — Community Nonprofits/Grassroots Groups
$300 — Neighborhood Market
$500 — Retail, Commercial, Political Organizations
$500 — Snack Vendors

We invite small and independent retailers selling a variety of local and handcrafted goods to exhibit in the Charlotte Pride Neighborhood Market! We  Small Business! Be sure to choose Neighborhood Market as your vendor option in the application!

2021 Restrictions:
In 2021, Charlotte Pride will not accept vendor applications from: individual candidates for elected office, faith institutions, or food vendors. (For a detailed explanation of the difference between snack and food vendors, please see our Frequently Asked Questions below.) Faith institutions are invited to participate in this year’s Charlotte Pride Interfaith Celebration. Click here for details and to register.

Additional Information:
Vendor Frequently Asked Questions
Vendor Terms & Conditions
Vendor Fee Structure

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2021, 11:59pm Eastern
EXTENDED: SUNDAY, AUGUST 8, 2021, 11:59pm Eastern

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2021, 6-7pm Eastern
This meeting will be hosted virtually and is mandatory.

Charlotte Pride Parade Applications

We invite you to submit an application to march in this year’s Charlotte Pride Parade. The parade will be held on Sunday, October 24, stepping off at 1pm, on Tryon Street in Uptown Charlotte. More details to follow.

Charlotte’s LGBTQ community takes to the streets again! We’re excited to plan an in-person parade and are optimistically planning for a more or less “normal” parade event. You may submit your application now.

Please note: Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance. Invoices will be sent only after confirmation of acceptance. 

2021 Parade Fees:
Entry Fee: $100 (Nonprofit); $250 (Small Business/Corporate/Political)
Vehicle Surcharges: $100 (Car/Van/Truck/Float, max 1); $100 (Motorcycles, max 7)

2021 Restrictions:
We anticipate and are currently planning to host a standard parade event. Charlotte Pride reserves the right to scale back or reconfigure the parade in accordance with any government or public health guidelines and recommendations.

Additional Information:
Parade Frequently Asked Questions
Parade Rules & Regulations
Parade Fee Structure
Parade Group Release

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2021, 11:59pm Eastern

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2021, 6-7pm Eastern
This meeting will be hosted virtually and is mandatory.


A parade entry can be an individual or group who participates in the Charlotte Pride Parade. Entries can be groups of individuals with their own theme, set, cast, sound and scenario. Art meets social commentary in the back of a truck, on motorcycles or marching along Tryon Street. Whatever your entry may be, it should openly display something: showing yourself off, displaying your ideals, recognizing your friends or making a statement against discrimination and bigotry — all done with a sense of artistic flair in full public view.

Examples and Ideas for Charlotte Pride Parade Entries:

Parade Entries can be individuals or groups of individuals

Parade Entries can be motorcycles, cars, trucks, flat bed trucks, decorated in a festive manner that represents your group, business, or makes a social statement

Parade Entries can be marching bands, street performers, dance groups, or a festive theme

Parade Entries can be artistic and showcase the ideas of your group

Parade Entries can be colorful, entertaining, and display community achievement and pride

Parade Entries can represent Charlotte, the Carolinas, sports, tourism, health, prosperity, entertainment and/or the arts

Parade Entries can promote worthy causes in a creative, crowd-pleasing way

Parade Entries can represent the wide cultural diversity of the region


Float Building Handbook:
Click here to download this handy float-building handbook from (PDF).

North Carolina Float-Building Companies

Other Resources and Float Materials

How to Build a Float Resources

Charlotte Pride’s Annual Celebration of LGBTQ Arts, Culture, History, and Community Returns In-Person in 2021!

We’re still here! We’re still queer! And we’re excited to bring Charlotte Pride’s annual events back in-person for 2021!

Our Charlotte Pride team has spent the beginning of 2021 working carefully to take our standard week of events and transform it into Pride Season 2021! We’re stoked to expand our usual week-long celebrations into a full Pride Season running from August through November.

Charlotte Pride is the Queen City’s way to celebrate, commemorate, empower, and uplift our community – and this year we are bringing you even more unique opportunities, activities, and programs than ever before!