Charlotte Pride 2017 kicks off

Let the party begin!

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.

Read our preview guide for more information.

Related: Trump supporters Deplorable Pride will protest Charlotte Pride parade

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Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts addresses the crowd at the opening ceremony

The presentation of the colors

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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Jeff Taylor is a journalist and artist. In addition to QNotes, his work has appeared in publications such The Charlotte Observer, Creative Loafing Charlotte, Inside Lacrosse, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He graduated from the State University of New York at Brockport and has lived in Charlotte since 2006.@jefftaylorhuman.