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Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade in uptown this weekend

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

WBTV is proud to be the media sponsor for the 2013 Charlotte Pride Festival, coming to uptown August 24 and 25.

Charlotte Pride is the Queen City's annual the annual lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) pride celebration.

Organizers are excited to announce this year's festivities include the Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade. It's the first Pride parade to march in Charlotte in 19 years!

Thousands of LGBT community members and allies will head uptown Saturday, August 24 for the Charlotte Pride Festival at the PNC Bank Festival Zone on S. Tryon St. between 3rd and Stonewall. The Festival Zone is open from Noon until 10 p.m. Saturday.

Festivities continue Sunday from noon until 6 p.m.

The Wells Fargo Stage welcomes Grammy Award-winning artist Mya, The Voice's Judith Hill and New Orleans "Bounce" artist Big Freedia. Other artists include national drag artists Alyssa Edwards, Detox Icunt and CoCo Montrese, contestants from Logo's hit TV show, "RuPaul's Drag Race," presented by The Scorpio.

The Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade will take place Sunday at 1 p.m. on Tryon Street. The parade is the first since the statewide NC Pride Fest and Parade visited Charlotte in 1994.

Featured participants in the parade include Charlotte Mayor Patsy Kinsey and City Councilmembers LaWana Mayfield and Billy Maddalon, as well as Parade Grand Marshals Wesley Mancini and Bishop Tonyia M. Rawls.

Also participating are the inaugural Charlotte Pride Champions of Pride Awards recipients: Janice Covington, Beverly & Bill McIntyre and Juan Carlos Ramos.

The parade is comprised of more than 70 entries, floats and vehicles including small businesses, churches, national sponsors, marching bands and community groups representing LGBT youth, straight allies, college students and others.

The parade's emcee stand will be located at Trade and Tryon, featuring emcee Roxy C. Moorecox and other emcees from media sponsors WBTV and Kiss 95.1.

Passes are still on sale for the Charlotte Pride VIP Experience, presented by Time Warner Cable. VIP perks include exclusive access to a VIP lounge at the festival, premium parade viewing areas and more. Learn more and purchase passes at charlottepride.org/vip/. WBTV is also giving away two passes to the VIP Experience. Find information at  http://bit.ly/14vbueK.

Organizers also announced the annual Charlotte Pride Guide is now available, published in partnership with Charlotte Pocket Rocket Guide, a Visibility-level sponsor. The guide contains detailed information about the festival and parade, entertainers and sponsors, as well as a welcome letter and first-ever "Charlotte Pride Weekend" proclamation from Mayor Kinsey. Charlotte Pocket Rocket Guide's Charlotte Pride edition is currently in circulation across the city; a digital edition can be found online at charlottepride.org

More information about the Charlotte Pride festival and parade can be found online at charlottepride.org. A festival map, parade map, Pride Week events from Aug. 16-25 and a host of other details are available online. More details, as well as media logistics, will be announced throughout this week and next. 

Presenting sponsors for this year's event include Bank of America, PNC Bank, The Scorpio, Time Warner Cable and Wells Fargo. Leadership sponsors include the Charlotte Lesbian & Gay Fund, Gay Men's Chorus of Charlotte, Pandora Events and Smirnoff. Visibility sponsors include Bud Light, Charlotte Pocket Rocket Guide, OutSourceGraphix USA and Symantec. Media sponsors include Gayborhood App, Kiss 95.1, QNotes and WBTV.

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