Celebrating 20+ years of Charlotte Pride
and more than 40 years of Pride legacy
in the Queen City.
August 19 — 20, 2023
After an incredible 2022 Pride season, Charlotte’s largest street festival and parade returns to Uptown Charlotte! From our roots 50 years ago, when early gay rights leaders first attempted organizing in Charlotte, to our first Gay Pride Day in 1981, to the founding of Charlotte Pride and our first event in 2001 — we are so excited to celebrate again with you all the ways our community has grown and triumphed. From 2,000 attendees in 2001 to a record-breaking 275,000 at last year’s event, the Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade returns again to the streets of Uptown Charlotte as we celebrate 20+ years of Charlotte Pride and more than 40 years of Pride legacy in the Queen City.
Charlotte Pride Festival
Aug. 19-20, 2023
Charlotte Pride Parade
Aug. 20, 2023
RAIN OR SHINE!
Volunteer Interest Form
Festival & Parade Volunteer Interest Form
Local Artist, Entertainer, Poet, & Speaker Application
Nonprofit/Political Org/Candidate Parade Application
Retail/Commercial Parade Application
Festival Vendor Applications
Nonprofit Organizations and Political Groups/Candidates Vendor Application
Retail, Commercial, For-Profit Vendor Application
Neighborhood Market Vendor Application
Coming Soon: New Sponsor Application, VIP Tickets, & More!
Charlotte Pride Drag Pageant
Registration is now open!
After a record-breaking 2022, the Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade is making a return to Uptown Charlotte. We’re expecting a significant increase in event attendance and we’ll need more weekend volunteers than ever before! Click the link below to learn more.
We have two fabulous partner hotels for the 2023 Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade!
Courtyard Charlotte Center City’s special rate is 149 USD per night, per room +tax. Parking is available for $30 per day, per car.
Charlotte Marriott City Center’s special rate is 205 USD per night, per room +tax. Parking is available for $45 for overnight and $28 for day parking, per car.
Book your room today!
Grand Marshal & Champions of Pride Information
Updated Mobile App Information
2023 Festival & Parade Map
Pride Week Events
Interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities for the 2023 season? Reach out to our Programs & Development Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Charlotte Pride VIP Experience
presented by McDonald’s
Saturday, August 19, 12pm-8pm
Sunday, August 20, 12pm-6pm
VIP Passes On Sale Soon!
VIP passes will go on sale later this spring.
Youth and Family Zone
presented by Equitable
Saturday, August 19
Sunday, August 20
Event times to be announced
Newly expanded for 2023!
We’re proud to bring you a newly expanded Youth & Family Zone in 2023, with new games, activities, and opportunities for all families, including all children and youth under the age of 20. Presented by Equitable, with support from Microsoft, and in partnership with Time Out Youth, PFLAG Charlotte, and Gender Education Network.
Keeping You Safe
Charlotte Pride’s top priority is keeping you safe. We endeavor to ensure our event is a safe, fun, and celebratory event for all. Learn more about our COVID protocols, public safety precautions, and the monkeypox epidemic.
You can help keep Charlotte Pride free for all!
We’ve never charged admission to the festival, and we never will!
Make a one-time or recurring gift to Charlotte Pride.
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