CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Queen City is set to welcome thousands of people in Uptown for a Charlotte tradition.

  • More than 150,000 people are expected to attend Charlotte Pride Festival
  • First celebration was held 17 years ago in the city
  • Welcome reception starts at noon on Saturday

The annual Charlotte Pride Festival and parade is set to draw more than 150,000 people. That number is up from 1,500 the first year of the celebration 17 years ago. Organizers say the city's diversity has helped the celebration grow.


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“I do think that a lot of people who have maybe never met an LGBT person, do find opportunities at a Pride Day festival to find out more about the community, “ Charlotte Pride communications director Matt Comer says.

A welcome reception starts at noon Saturday which is set to feature Mayor Vi Lyles. You can find more information about the event at

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