Friday, August 10, 2012

Annual Pride Charlotte Festival expands to two days in Uptown Aug. 25-26

Pride Charlotte comes back to Uptown Charlotte Saturday, Aug. 25 and
Sunday, Aug. 26 for two full days of wall-to-wall entertainment and
community engagement. The Festival, the largest of its kind across the
Carolinas, is the culmination of more than a week-long slate of events
highlighting the social, cultural, ethnic, artistic and political
diversity of the Carolinas and Metro Charlotte area's lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities.

The Pride Charlotte Festival, a project of the LGBT Community Center
of Charlotte, will be held in Uptown on S. Tryon St., between 4th St.
and Stonewall St., Saturday, Aug. 25, Noon-10 p.m. and Sunday, Aug.
26, Noon-6 p.m., one week prior to the kickoff of the Democratic
National Convention.

Pride Charlotte's 2012 theme, "Out of Many, One," was chosen to honor
one of the nation's and North Carolina's greatest principles – that
united in diversity, we are each made stronger. The theme also
reflects organizers' excitement and pride in their hometown's hosting
of the Democratic National Convention.

The event will be headlined by Hip Hop recording artist Trina, who was
nominated for Best Female Hip Hop Artist at the 2012 BET Awards. Other
entertainers include Club/Dance singer Erika Jayne, singer/songwriter
Justin Utley and Charlotte's own DJ Peter Presta. Several contestants
from Logo's "RuPaul's Drag Race" are also scheduled to perform,
including Chad Michaels, DiDa Ritz and Jiggly Caliente.

Vendor spaces for businesses and non-profits are still available.
Learn more and get vendor forms at
Organizers are also seeking dozens of volunteers to handle duties as
diverse as set-up/clean-up, vendor support and beverage/information
booth staffing. Volunteers for "Partners for Peace" are also needed to
ensure that all festival goers have a fun and inclusive experience.
For more information and to sign up, visit

Presenting Sponsors for this year's Pride Charlotte are The Scorpio
and Wells Fargo. Leadership Sponsors include: Flying Biscuit and
Monkey Joe's (Park Road Shopping Center), Marigny Dance Club, Time
Warner Cable, QNotes and White Rabbit.

Details on entertainment stage schedules and other logistics will be
announced in the coming days.

For more information on Pride Charlotte, its annual "Pride Week" from
Aug. 17-27 or how you can get involved as a vendor or volunteer, visit