Pride Charlotte is less than 20 days away and folks over on the committee are full steam ahead on event planning. Press releases went out this morning. Take a gander below and if you want more info, visit pridecharlotte.com.
Annual Pride Charlotte Festival expands to two days to takeover Uptown Aug. 25-26
Event expects 40,000-plus one week before Democratic National Convention
CHARLOTTE â€“ Pride Charlotte comes back to Uptown Charlotte Saturday, Aug. 25 and Sunday, Aug. 26 for two full days of wall-to-wall entertainment and community engagement. The Festival, the largest of its kind across the Carolinas, is the culmination of more than a week-long slate of events highlighting the social, cultural, ethnic, artistic and political diversity of the Carolinas and Metro Charlotte areaâ€™s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities.
The Pride Charlotte Festival, a project of the LGBT Community Center of Charlotte, will be held in Uptown on S. Tryon St., between 4th St. and Stonewall St., Saturday, Aug. 25, Noon-10 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 26, Noon-6 p.m., one week prior to the kickoff of the Democratic National Convention.
Pride Charlotteâ€™s 2012 theme, â€śOut of Many, One,â€ť was chosen to honor one of the nationâ€™s and North Carolinaâ€™s greatest principles â€“ that united in diversity, we are each made stronger. The theme also reflects organizersâ€™ excitement and pride in their hometownâ€™s hosting of the Democratic National Convention.
The event will be headlined by Hip Hop recording artist Trina, who was nominated for Best Female Hip Hop Artist at the 2012 BET Awards. Other entertainers include Club/Dance singer Erika Jayne, singer/songwriter Justin Utley and Charlotteâ€™s own DJ Peter Presta. Several contestants from Logoâ€™s â€śRuPaulâ€™s Drag Raceâ€ť are also scheduled to perform, including Chad Michaels, DiDa Ritz and Jiggly Caliente.
Vendor spaces for businesses and non-profits are still available. Learn more and get vendor forms atÂ pridecharlotte.com/vendors/. Organizers are also seeking dozens of volunteers to handle duties as diverse as set-up/clean-up, vendor support and beverage/information booth staffing. Volunteers for â€śPartners for Peaceâ€ť are also needed to ensure that all festival goers have a fun and inclusive experience. For more information and to sign up, visitÂ pridecharlotte.com/volunteers/.
Presenting Sponsors for this yearâ€™s Pride Charlotte are The Scorpio and Wells Fargo. Leadership Sponsors include: Flying Biscuit and Monkey Joeâ€™s (Park Road Shopping Center), Marigny Dance Club, Time Warner Cable, QNotes and White Rabbit.
Details on entertainment stage schedules and other logistics will be announced in the coming days.
For more information on Pride Charlotte, its annual â€śPride Weekâ€ť from Aug. 17-27 or how you can get involved as a vendor or volunteer, visitÂ pridecharlotte.com.