Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade organizers have released estimates estimated attendance records for the Aug. 17-18 event. This year there were 200,000 that visited the two-day festival, topping the 2018 record of 165,000.
Charlotte Pride 2016 saw record-breaking attendance, with the organization estimating 130,000 visitors over the course of the weekend. Not only did the celebration grow, but financial support for the organization and its projects has as well. One of North Carolina’s largest LGBTQ non-profits, Charlotte Pride’s financial reports reveal the organization’s skyrocketing success — but board members say that this is only the beginning.
After nine months of preparation, the seventh annual Out! Raleigh festival faced an unfortunate closure due to extreme weather. High-speed winds in the early afternoon of May 6 blew down vendors’ tents and threatened injury to attendees. Organizers decided to cancel the festival on Saturday, which was scheduled for 11 a.m.-6 p.m., at 2 p.m.