CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade, held from Aug. 15-16, topped their previous records in both attendance and alcohol sales, according to a press release dispatched from the organization.

An estimated 115,000-120,000 people were in attendance based upon increased sales of alcoholic beverages which were up by 20 percent over last year.

On Saturday, Estelle performed, even in light of rain that hit the festival in the early evening. Billy Gilman hit the stage on Sunday and rocked it out as one of the last acts to close out the festival.

According to Pride resources, close to 3,000 people marched in the Charlotte Pride Parade on Aug. 16.

Other events occurring during the lead-up week and afterward were after parties, interfaith services, takeover at the host hotel, and more.

Organizers are anxious to get visitor feedback and ask that attendees take a survey to share their thoughts. Participants will be entered into a drawing for various prizes, including $100 gift cards and a pair of VIP tickets to a taping of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in Hollywood and more. Visit to provide opinions. : :



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Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.