Frequently Asked Questions

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Pride Season 2021

When is Charlotte Pride 2021? / When is Pride Season 2021?

Charlotte Pride Season is made up of a variety of events running from August 21, 2021, through November 13, 2021. More detail on all of our events, including the annual Parade, the Pop-Up Pride Festival, and our Pride Night! Concert can be found here.

Where is Charlotte Pride 2021? / Where is Pride Season 2021?

Charlotte Pride Season events will take place in a variety of places in Charlotte. Our Weekend of Service will take us all over the Queen City, our Pop-Up Prides will be located throughout Uptown Charlotte, and our Parade will take place in its normal location on Tryon St. Keep an eye on further details throughout the summer for exact locations and site maps of our various activities.

Why aren’t we having a normal Pride Festival and Parade?

As much as we would love to return fully to normal, bringing together 200,000 (or more!) people to Uptown Charlotte in August is simply not wise just yet. As restrictions continue to lessen this year, we will be able to expand our events and include even more folks, but our Pride Season plans also allow us to shrink our activities in the case that COVID-19 worsens again. These plans allow us the flexibility to keep our community safe and celebrate to the absolute maximum we can!

We are excited to offer this reinvented Pride Season for 2021 to help us ensure we weather this pandemic together and come back fully in 2022 to celebrate back on Tryon Street with the full Festival and Parade weekend.

Click here to read our full message about Pride Season 2021.

How do I volunteer for Pride Season 2021?

Our planning team is already filled up for 2021, but we are we have tons of opportunities during each of our Pride Season events for volunteers to help out. Especially for our Pop-Up Pride, Concert, and Parade, we will need all hands-on deck to celebrate together! Sign up for our mailing list now at to receive first dibs on volunteer sign-ups when they launch in July and August.

I have a volunteer idea for the Weekend of Service. Where do I submit that?

Our Weekend of Service volunteer submission will be live soon! You will see forms to sign up with volunteer opportunities and ways to sign up your org/group for activities. If you want to get started on this sooner and ensure inclusion of your idea, please email Matt Comer (he/him) at

Do I need tickets for Pride Season 2021?

Charlotte Pride’s annual events are free and open to the public. Some related or independent events may charge admission. As of now, we do not anticipate needing tickets for any of our 2021 events. Depending on COVID-19 and capacity limits if they exist, we may require free pre-registration for some events, but those details will come later this year. VIP passes will not be available this year, but there will likely be some VIP experiences available within the Concert and/or Pop-Up Pride.

Are the events accessible?

Yes! All of our events will be made accessible to those with disabilities. ASL interpreters will be on-site for all events with performers, all areas will be wheelchair/mobility friendly, and we will work to ensure additional accessibilities. Details for each individual event’s accessibility will be published closer to the events.

Where can I find parking?

All event parking details will be available throughout the summer as we publish additional details on our activities. For Pop-Up Prides and the annual Parade, they will be hosted Uptown, and there are various parking lots and garages throughout the city center. You can click here for more info on Uptown parking and public transit options.

Are pets allowed at your event?

We discourage bringing your furry friends to Charlotte Pride events as our events are outdoor in the heat. Additional details will be included on individual events if they are animal friendly. Service animals are always welcome.

Charlotte Pride Funding

How do I support Charlotte Pride?

You can become a Friend of Pride! Our Friends are monthly givers who help us sustain our big annual event and focus on creating unique year-round events and activities for our community. Learn more about donating.

How do I sponsor Charlotte Pride?

To learn more about sponsorship, please email Jerry Yelton (they/them) at They’ll be happy to share the sponsorship guide and discuss how to involve your business in our Pride Season 2021!

Who funds/pays for Charlotte Pride?

Charlotte Pride is funded by businesses, organizations, and individuals who believe in the mission of Charlotte Pride: to uplift, empower, enrich, and make visible the unique lives of LGBTQ Charlotteans and Carolinians. If you want to support, see the previous questions about how to support or sponsor Charlotte Pride.

Where do the funds raised at Charlotte Pride go?

The vast majority of proceeds and sponsorship go to the operation and staging of our annual major events. All additional funds raised at Charlotte Pride go to allowing the organization to invest in improving the annual festival and parade, year-round programming, and organizational operations like staff and office space.

Vendors, Events, Pageants, and Miscellaneous Questions

How can I register as a vendor at the Pop-Up Pride Festival?

Vendor applications for Pop Up Pride are OPEN NOW! Due to extremely limited space in the Pop-Up Prides activation, we will very likely have fewer vendors than in a normal year. Our team is working activations to secure as many Pop-Up Pride locations that will allow us to incorporate as many vendors as possible. We appreciate your patience and interest!

How can I advertise in the Charlotte Pride Magazine?

Our media kit with details on advertising is available here.

How can my organization or business plan an event with or for Charlotte Pride?

Keep an eye on our website, we will soon launch info on how to submit your events for inclusion in Pride Season. If you are interested in planning an event with Charlotte Pride, please email We have a small team, so we may not be able to plan the event with you, but we are happy to receive suggestions or discuss possibilities.

I want to participant in the Drag Pageant. Where do I learn more?

Our 2021 Drag Pageant, featuring Mr. Miss, and Mx. Charlotte Pride will be a part of the Pride Night! Concert on September 18. More details to come on how to apply for our pageant soon!

I want to perform at Pride. How do I submit my interest?

Interested performers can submit their info now by clicking here.

I have feedback. Where can I submit my thoughts?

We welcome feedback! Please send suggestions, comments, or concerns to

Why doesn’t Pride take place in June in Charlotte?

Great question! There are two answers. The simple answer is scheduling. Several large events already take place Uptown in late May, June, and July, and hosting in August enables us to better plan and coordinate with our partners. The more important answer is that Pride is year-round! There’s never a bad time to celebrate our community!

Last updated: Jan. 29, 2020