2019 Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade

Photo Credit: Jennifer Hogan (HoganImaging.com)

The seventh annual Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade will be held on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in Uptown Charlotte during the two-day Charlotte Pride Festival, Saturday, Aug. 17 and Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019.

Parade Quick FAQ

When is the parade?
August 18, 2019 – from 1pm to 3pm Staging times will vary and will be posted at a later date. You should expect to be onsite for staging and lineup beginning at 11am.

Are there any awards for parade participants?
Charlotte Pride will be presenting awards in the following categories:
• Best Float Design (Overall Float Design)
• Most Entertaining (Choreography/Dancing, Entertainment, etc.)
• Rainbow Award (Most Colorful)

When will I find out where I am in the parade lineup?
The final lineup will be released at the mandatory Parade Orientation Meeting (see below).

When and where does my parade entry need to arrive on parade day?
All this will be covered at the mandatory Parade Orientation Meeting.

What is the mandatory Parade Orientation Meeting, and why am I required to attend?
The Parade Orientation Meeting is a mandatory meeting for all parade entries. At this meeting, the Parade Committee will be discussing check in procedures, covering the parade rules and regulations, and providing an overview of the parade and what you can expect. Here we will present the final lineup along with your parade credentials. Please note that it is required that at least one member of your parade contingent be present at this meeting or complete the online webinar and quiz. This year’s Mandatory Parade Orientation Meetings will be held on July 27, 2019 at 1pm. This meeting will be held at the Charlotte Pride Offices at 1900 The Plaza (Holy Trinity Lutheran Church).

Where do I park for the parade?
Charlotte Pride does not provide parking for the festival or parade. There are a number of public parking decks and lots, as well as on street parking available within easy walking distance of the parade staging area and along the parade route. Please make sure you adhere to all City parking rules and regulations. Charlotte Center City Partners has a useful parking map that we recommend utilizing: http://www.charlottecentercity.org/transportation/parking/

Click here to see our full Parade Frequently Asked Questions…

Parade Applications

Applications have reopened until June 21st for this year’s 2019 Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade.

You can complete your parade application by clicking here.

Before you begin the online application, it is advised that you download and complete the group release form. You will be asked to upload a completed version of your form during the application process.

Please Note: Unlike 2018, this year’s online application process consists of a separate and distinct online application for parade participation and a separate and distinct application for festival vendors. If your organization wishes to participate as a parade participant and a vendor, you must complete both applications. Click here to learn more about becoming a festival vendor.

Parade Application Notifications & Deadlines

Beginning in February, participants will be notified on the last day of the month, as long as their application was received by the 15th of that month.

Notification Deadlines and Dates:
Submission by Feb. 15 – Notice by Feb. 28
Submission by March 15 – Notice by March 31
Submission by April 15 – Notice by April 30
Submission by May 15 – Notice by May 31
Submission by June 1 – Notice by June 15
Submission by June 21 (Final Deadline) – Notice by July 12

FINAL PARADE APPLICATION DEADLINE: JUNE 21, 2019

Please do not email requesting status updates before your submission notice date. If you have not been contacted by your appropriate notification date, please email parade@charlottepride.org.

Mandatory Parade Participant Meeting

The Parade Orientation Meeting is a mandatory meeting for all parade entries. At this meeting, the Parade Committee will be discussing check in procedures, covering the parade rules and regulations, and providing an overview of the parade and what you can expect. Here we will present the final lineup along with your parade credentials. Please note that it is required that at least one member of your parade contingent be present at this meeting or complete the online webinar and quiz. This year’s Mandatory Parade Orientation Meetings will be held on July 27, 2019 at 1pm. This meeting will be held at the Charlotte Pride Offices at 1900 The Plaza, Charlotte, NC 28205 (Holy Trinity Lutheran Church).

Parade FAQs & Resources

Parade Frequently Asked Questions
Parade Rules & Regulations
Parade Group Release

Past Parade Photos

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Learn more: Participating in The Parade

A parade entry can be an individual or group who participates in the Bank of America 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.

Parade Resources

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

North Carolina Float-Building Companies
clinesfloats.com
kirbyparadefloats.com

Other Resources and Float Materials
VictoryCorps.com

How to Build a Float Resources
ncpride.org/pride/library/articles/floatbuilding.pdf
paradefloatstuff.com/index.php?p=home
valleydecorating.com/paradefloat.html