CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte Pride has begun, with festivities kicking off today around noon. Thousands will flock to uptown Charlotte for the festival, as well as for the parade tomorrow. The Charlotte Pride parade is now the largest in the city.

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Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts addresses the crowd at the opening ceremony

The presentation of the colors

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The community flocks to uptown 

 

i think i’m in love #cltpride

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Blame The Youth is ripping it up on the Wells Fargo Stage! Get here. #CLTPride

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#Cltpride With the Girls

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#charlotte #cltpride #clt #bubbles

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Drag queens drown out hate

The anti-LGBTQ street preachers were nothing compared with the beauty and strength of the queens.

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Even dogs love Pride

Happy Pride, everyone! Have fun and stay safe.

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