The 27th annual NC Pride Parade and Festival will be held at Duke University’s East Campus in Durham on Aug. 24, including hundreds of business and non-profit vendors, a celebratory parade and thousands of on-lookers.

The Festival

NC Pride’s festival grounds open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, located at Duke University’s East Campus (Campus Dr. and Main St., Durham, N.C.). The festival features hundreds of business and retail vendors along with non-profit LGBT organizations from across the Triangle area and state. An ecumenical church service will be held at the East Campus’ gazebo at 11 a.m. A Pride Rally follows at 11:55 a.m. with the singing of the national anthem kicking off events. At press time, speakers for the rally had yet to be announced. After the parade and rom 2:30-5 p.m., the rally continues, featuring keynote speaker Randy Jones of the Village People and others. The festival grounds will close at 5 p.m.

The Parade

Thousands of onlookers will gather along the NC Pride Parade route to watch student groups, churches, nightclubs, elected officials and others march in this historic parade. The parade begins at 1 p.m. snaking its way from Campus Dr. down Main St. toward Broad. Turning right, it will make its way to 9th St. and back up Main St. toward Duke’s East Campus. A viewing party will be held on 9th St.; at press time, its location had yet to be announced.

Weekend events

A diverse slate of events are planned across the Triangle area. Nightclubs, bars and restaurants are holding their own special and unique events.

For a full list of associated NC Pride events, visit ncpride.org. : :

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