2023 Pride Festival

2023 Pride Festival

  • Geoffrey Kirby
  • 05/2/23

The 2023 Pride Festival in Charlotte, NC and surrounding cities, including Rock Hill, SC, promises to be a celebration of diversity, love, and acceptance. This annual event is a time for LGBTQIA+ individuals and their allies to come together and celebrate their identity and culture.

Charlotte is home to one of the largest pride festivals in the Southeastern United States, drawing thousands of visitors each year. Originating in 2001, the festival takes place in August and is expected to be even bigger and better than previous years, with a lineup of exciting events, activities, and entertainment!  You can click this link for more information about specific events happening in August 2023.

One of the most anticipated events of the festival is the Pride Parade, which will wind its way through the streets of uptown Charlotte. The parade features colorful floats, live music, and hundreds of participants from local LGBTQIA+ organizations and businesses. 

In addition to the parade, the festival will feature a range of other activities and events, including a street fair, live music, dance performances, and drag shows. Visitors can also look forward to food and drink vendors, merchandise booths, and information booths from local LGBTQIA+ organizations.

While Charlotte may be the hub of the festival, the surrounding cities, like Rock Hill, SC, are also participating in the festivities. Rock Hill will host its own pride events during the month of June, with a week long celebration including a Drag Brunch, Open Mic Night, Speed Dating, Pajama Bingo and of course the Pride March for Equality. More info can be found here! 

While the Rock Hill Pride festival is only in its 3rd year, the number of visitors has grown exponentially each year. It was started by two amazing local residents, Michael and Brittany Kelly who run The Mercantile, one of Rock Hill's most inclusive social spots to hang out. Brittany and Michael are constantly fighting for change and hoping to help the city live up to its motto "Rock Hill For All".

Both Charlotte and Rock Hill's pride festivals are important opportunities for LGBTQIA+ individuals and their allies to come together, celebrate their identities, and show their support for the community. These events are a reminder that everyone deserves love, acceptance, and equal rights.

Overall, the 2023 pride festival promises to be a vibrant and joyous celebration of diversity, unity, and love. Whether you're a member of the LGBTQIA+ community or an ally, be sure to mark your calendars and join in on the festivities.

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