Carolinas overflow with Pride

Festival resource list spans two states, from mountains to sea

It’s that time of the year when the LGBTQ community sets out to celebrate Pride Month. Since its early days, when Pride was observed only in June around the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots which occurred on June 28, 1969 in New York City, it has now crossed over the boundary and is celebrated throughout the summer and fall months, with more events scattered throughout the remainder of the year.

To keep the tradition going, here is a list of the celebrations taking place all over the Carolinas. Some last one day and others span a week with other pre- and post-events happening in tandem with the main event.

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North Carolina

Fayetteville Pride
June 22
Fayetteville
facebook.com/pg/fayncpride.

Salisbury Pride
June 23
Salisbury
salisburypride.com.

Charlotte Black Gay Pride
July 25-29
Charlotte
charlotteblackgaypride.org.

Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade
Aug. 18-19
Charlotte
charlottepride.org.

Pridepalooza
Sept. 1
Hickory
facebook.com/pridepalooza.
bit.ly/2IP0tQM.

Gaston Pride
September 15
Gastonia
facebook.com/pg/gastonpride.

Greensboro Pride
Sept. 15
Greensboro
greensboropride.org.

Catawba Valley Pride
Sept. 15
Hickory
catawbavalleypride.org.

OBX PrideFest
Sept. 21-23
Manteo
obxpridefest.com.

Blue Ridge Pride
Sept. 29
Asheville
blueridgepride.org.

Burke Pride
September
Morganton
facebook.com/lgbtburke.

Port City Pride
September
Wilmington
facebook.com/pg/portcityprideblockparty.

Triangle Pride Parade and Festival
(formerly NC Pride)
Sept. 29
Durham/Raleigh/Carborro/Chapel Hill
trianglepride.com.

Alamance Pride
Oct. 6
Burlington
alamancepride.org.

Pride Winston-Salem
Oct. 13
Winston-Salem
pridews.org/wp.

Out! Raleigh
2019
Raleigh
outraleigh.org.

South Carolina

Outfest Columbia
June 2
Columbia
scpride.org/outfest.

What Happens on the Beach, Stays on the Beach
June 14-17
Myrtle Beach
bit.ly/onmyrtlebeach.

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South Carolina Black Pride
Aug. 24-26
Columbia
southcarolinablackpride.com.

Grand Strand Pride Expo & Gala
Aug. 25
Myrtle Beach
grandstrandpride.com.

Charleston Pride
Sept. 22
Charleston
charlestonpride.org.

Famously Hot SC Pride
Oct. 20
Columbia
scpride.org/festival.

Upstate Pride SC
Nov. 3
Spartanburg
upstatepridesc.org.

This list may not be fully comprehensive and qnotes welcomes input so that the list provides accurate information and current resources to maintain its integrity. Email editor@goqnotes.com to make changes or additions.

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Posted by Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director. She can be reached at specialassignments@goqnotes.com and 704-531-9988, x205.