Throughout this week, supporters of and members of Charlotte’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and queer (LGBTQ) community have gathered for the annual Pride Week. This weekend, the week will commemorate with the Pride Festival at the PNC Bank Festival Zone in uptown.
The festival will run on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 12 to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 25 from 12 to 6 p.m.
Charlotte Pride is the largest LGBTQ Pride event between Atlanta and Washington, D.C. According to the Charlotte Pride website, the mission of Pride is to “empower all LGBTQ and allied peoples to stand as unique individuals and together as a community, with the purpose of uniting as a creative, social, economic and influential force.”
This year is a monumental year for Charlotte Pride as it marks the inaugural Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade on Sunday at 1 p.m. This will be the first year that the parade has come to Charlotte since NC Pride visited the Queen City in 1994.
This year’s event is expected to be the biggest LGBT celebration in North Carolina history. Charlotte Mayor Patsy Kinsey will be participating in the parade.
Sponsors for the events include Bank of America, PNC Bank, The Scorpio, Time Warner Cable and Wells Fargo. This is a historic increase in the level of corporate support for Pride.
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