CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte Pride will host the first-ever Canine Couture fundraising event on June 29, 2-5 p.m., at Triple C Brewing Company, 2900 Griffith St., who will sell craft beers, along with food truck vendors “slinging some grub,” organizers said.

Categories for the contest include: Best Butch; Best Wiener, or Wiener Substitute; Best Fem; Best Hair; Best Dressed; Best Tail; Mr./Mrs. Congeniality; Best Swagger; Best Magnet; and Best in Show.

The Animal Adoption League, American Pit Pull Rescue and the Humane Society of Charlotte will be on hand with dogs available for adoption.

Pet retailers will showcase their wares, as well as The Dog Salon with their mobile pet grooming van.

Only pets that are not aggressive and are well-socialized can enter. A waiver must be signed.

Cover is $5/person. Pet contest entry is $15.

A special Charlotte Pride kick-off event will also be held that evening. The Bar at 316, 316 Rensselaer Ave., will host “A Night in the Village,” June 29, 9 p.m., commemorating the June 28, 1969, Stonewall Riots and jumpstarting this year’s Charlotte Pride festivities.

The events will help usher in this year’s Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade, to be held in Uptown on Aug. 24-25. Those interested in sponsoring or attending the Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade as a vendor or parade participant can find more information online or via email to Richard Grimstad at Volunteers for the two-day festival are also in demand. Especially needed are volunteers for community outreach and for the parade. Email or for more information on these volunteer positions. Sponsors and contributors are always welcome.


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.