Pride 2011

Pride festivals, parades and other activities through October

South Carolina Black Gay Pride | June 24-26, 2011
Join other LGBT people of color and allies for South Carolina’s annual black LGBT Pride festival in Columbia. Attracting a couple thousand people each year, SC Black Gay Pride events feature forums, a festival, parties and more. Various events, locations and times. For more information, visit southcarolinablackpride.com.

Salisbury Pride | June 25, 2011
The LGBT community in Salisbury celebrates with its first-ever local Pride festival. The town’s LGBT street festival begins at 11 a.m. and runs through 5 p.m. E. Fisher St., Salisbury, NC. salisburypride.org.

OBX Pridefest | June 25, 2011
Local organizers in Salisbury aren’t the only community celebrating a first-time Pride. Community members in Nags Head, N.C., are gearing up for their inaugural event this year. Over 30 entertainers, musicians, singers, dancers, comedians and bands coalesce into this day-long festival on the coast. For more information on the festival, other associated events and travel/accommodations, visit obxpridefest.com.

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Charlotte Black Gay Pride | July 14-17, 2011
Celebrating their 2011 theme, “Together We Can,” Charlotte Black Gay Pride ramps up for a series of events throughout Charlotte including a community forum and film festival, educational workshops and worship services. Various events, locations and times. For more information, visit charlotteblackgaypride.com.

Triangle Black Gay Pride | July 28-Aug. 1, 2011
Shades of Pride presents the 2011 Triangle Black Pride festivities. Events include a “S.I.N” or “Sexy in Nightwear” dance party, an open mic and poetry slam, health screenings and educational workshops and more. Various events, locations and times. For more information, visit triangleblackpride.org.

Pride Charlotte | Aug. 19-28, 2011
A week-long series of LGBT community events culminating with the annual Pride Charlotte Festival, held this year on Aug. 27 in Uptown Charlotte along S. Tryon St., at the new Levine Center for the Arts. Organizers say they hope to have 15,000-20,000 attendees. Various events through Pride Week begin on Aug. 19 and run through Aug. 28. For more information on these events and others, visit pridecharlotte.com.

SC Pride Festival and Parade | Sept. 3, 2011
The statewide South Carolina Pride Festival returns to downtown Columbia’s Finlay Park. Join as many as 14,000 Palmetto State LGBTs and allies for a day of fun. Details to be announced. For more information, visit scpride.org.

NC Pride Fest & Parade | Sept. 24, 2011
North Carolina’s annual statewide LGBT Pride festival and parade attracts approximately 8,000-10,000 to Durham each year, along with accompanying events in Chapel Hill and Raleigh. Details to be announced. For more information, visit ncpride.org.

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Catawba Valley Pride | Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2011
Pride is bursting out all over and it’s headed for higher ground. The Catawba Valley Pride 2011 is in full gear. “The Sky Is The Limit!” is the theme organizers chose. A logo contest is in full swing to create the look of this upcoming event.
For more information, visit catawbavalleypride.org.

Blue Ridge Pride | Oct. 1, 2011
Asheville paints the Appalachians rainbow! A day-long outdoor festival in downtown Asheville plus other events throughout the weekend. Details to be announced. For more information, visit blueridgepride.com.

WSPride2011 | Oct. 15, 2011
Equality Winston-Salem joins Salisbury and Nags Head organizers in debuting their first locally-produced Pride festival. Fifteen years ago, NC Pride was held in Winston-Salem and local organizers are ready to bring the same feeling back with more local flair. For more details, including how to volunteer or contribute to the new event, visit equalitywinstonsalem.org.

Did we miss a Pride festival or parade? Let us know and we’ll feature your listing in our next print edition and online. Or, submit your Pride festivities and other events online at goqnotes.com/qguide/events/submit/.

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