Charlotte Pride announced September 20 it will handle all large-scale, in-person events planned for October and November as a blend of virtual and smaller in-person events. The decision comes as the local area continues to face substantial community spread of the COVID-19 virus via the Delta variant.
All previously planned events, such as the Charlotte Pride Parade, Pop-Up Pride Festival and concert event, and others will be presented as live streams, allowing community members to gather in a smaller-scale capacity and watch presentations hosted by individuals and local establishments.
Charlotte Pride organizers held out hope that the in-person festival and parade could return to Uptown in 2021, initially designing their events to take place over a four-month period. In August, the organization postponed its events until October and asked community members to continue getting vaccinated and taking precautions to slow the spread of the virus. At the time, organizers said higher vaccination rates, lower positivity rates, and decreased community spread were essential for hosting any events in 2021.
“We have not seen key pandemic indicators significantly improve in the four weeks since we announced event postponements,” said Charlotte Pride Board of Directors President Daniel Valdez. “Despite our initial optimism and strong desire to see the return of our traditional festival and parade, the reality of the pandemic means we must take serious precautions to safeguard the health and well-being of our valuable and vulnerable community.”
For more information on upcoming virtual and in-person events, visit Charlotte Pride’s website for the latest details.
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