Aug 17, 2023 - Culture

What to know about Charlotte Pride, happening this weekend in Uptown

Charlotte will be extra festive this weekend, with its annual Pride festivities expected to draw thousands of people to Uptown.

What’s happening: The city’s largest street festival and parade returns to Uptown on Saturday and Sunday. Throughout the weekend, event organizers expect to exceed 2022’s record of 275,000 attendees.

  • Charlotte Pride is the largest LGBTQ+ celebration of its kind in the Carolinas, according to the city.
  • Along with the popular parade, Charlotte Pride includes a festival Saturday on South Tryon starting at 12:30pm featuring local and national entertainers, musicians, bands, and hundreds of vendor booths, including art exhibits, local nonprofits, retailers and a food court, per Charlotte Pride.

Pride parade: The parade begins at 1pm Sunday on North Tryon and 9th streets.

  • Don’t plan on driving through Uptown — there will be major street closures throughout the weekend. See the city’s website for more info.
Courtesy of Charlotte Pride

Here are a few other ways to celebrate Charlotte Pride:

  • The Chamber by Wooden Robot in NoDa is hosting a Pride pre-party Friday from 6-11pm. It’ll feature a DJ, LGBTQ+ vendor market and a rooftop drag show.
  • Wooden Robot Brewery in South End is hosting a Pride pre-parade brunch on Sunday from 10am-1pm.
  • Resident Culture in South End is hosting a Back to Hartigan’s Pride Party Saturday starting at 7pm. Ticket proceeds support local nonprofit HUG CLT.
  • Ink N Ivy is hosting a Vanity House Pride Fest Saturday starting at 9pm.

Of note: Charlotte Pride comes days after N.C. Republicans overrode Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s vetoes on a slew of controversial bills, including one called the Parents’ Bill of Rights. The now-law includes a requirement that educators inform parents if their child has changed their name or pronouns at school, as Axios’ Lucille Sherman reported.

  • The new law also bans schools from incorporating “gender identity, sexual activity or sexuality” into the curriculum for kindergarten through 4th-grade students.
  • Also, gender transition treatment for minors is now outlawed, and providers who do so anyway can face penalties.
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