Student groups flock to NC Pride from across the state each year.
Student groups flock to NC Pride from across the state each year.

North Carolina’s longest-running LGBT Pride festival and parade returns to Durham at the end of the month. Both events, featuring festival vendors of all varieties and the iconic 29th NC Pride Parade, are slated for Sept. 28. A variety of nightlife and other community events are scheduled across the Triangle throughout the weekend.

NC Pride has been one of the largest LGBT gatherings in the state throughout its history. Despite some organizational challenges — it lost its non-profit status in 2011 and has been presumably operating since as a for-profit business by director John Short — the annual event still attracts thousands each year. Last year’s parade included 88 walking contingents, 60 vehicles and 15 floats. Dignitaries at the parade and festival last year included several elected officials from across the state, including Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, N.C. House Rep. Marcus Brandon and others.

Main Events

NC Pride Festival
Saturday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Duke University East Campus

NC Pride Parade
Saturday, Sept. 28, 1 p.m.
Duke University East Campus

Pre-Pride and weekend events

NC Pride is partnering with a variety of organizations and businesses to host dozens of official nightlife events, evening socials and dinners and other events both before and during Pride weekend.

Among the highlights:

Thursday, Sept. 26:
Karaoke Grammy Awards Party with $500 in prizes and giveaways, The Bar, 711 Rigsbee Ave., Durham, 9 p.m.; Pre-Pride Party at The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St., Durham, 10 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 27:
Pride Crawl on Ninth St. in Durham, with coffee and desserts at Madhatters, dinner specials at Blue Seafood, Blue Corn Cafe, Alivia’s and more, 6 p.m.-until; Latin NC Pride hosted by Sabor Vlatino, Flex, 2 S. West St., Raleigh, 10 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 28:
Bud Light Night Festival, “Embrace the Night,” in Downtown Raleigh, with special events, food trucks and other events at The View, Flex, Legends and other venues;  Pride Block Party, Official Pride Block Party with food trucks, mechanical bull riding, body painting, outdoor DJ at The Bar, 711 Rigsbee Ave., Durham, 2 p.m.-3 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 29:
NC Pride Brunch at Crooks Corner, 610 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, 10 a.m.-Noon; Pride Lunch, Madhatter Cafe, 5420 1802 W. Main St., Durham, 1:15 p.m.; Carrboro Music Festival, 1 p.m.-Midnight,


The Triangle area’s LGBT nightlife will be hopping the weekend of NC Pride.

Club 313
313 W. Hargett St., Raleigh 919-755-9599

2 S. West St., Raleigh 919-832-8855

330 West Hargett St., Raleigh 919-831-8888

The Bar
711 Rigsbee Ave., Durham. 919-956-2929


Film screening

One of NC Pride’s featured pre-Pride events is a first-ever film screening. Partnering with the film’s producers, NC Pride will screen “Four,” a film following the intersecting lives of four individuals, at Chapel Hill’s Varsity Theatre and the Blue Shirt Club. Pre-movie coffee will be served at Sugarland and a roof-top after party will be hosted at West End Wine Bar on Franklin St. The event is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 26. Purchase tickets in advance at

Check out the trailer and purchase tickets at Movie synopsis below:

In a nameless, suburban American town, the smell of barbeque fills the air as Fourth of July celebrations move from a hot summer day into night. Joe, a man who works hard and travels a lot, leaves his family behind for the holiday, citing a business trip. Abigayle, his precocious daughter, is left to tend to her ill mother and manage the house on her own, yet again. Seeking just enough attention to get her through another night of her lonely responsibilities, she turns to Dexter, a former high school basketball star whose best days are behind him. And while Abigayle is out with Dexter, Joe is quietly spending time around town with June, a young man he met online who’s struggling to accept himself. And for just this night, the small world that these four live in will become even smaller, though the freedom they experience has never been so dangerous, fleeting and honest.


NC Pride Run 5k 2013

NC Pride will host a 5k the morning of its annual festival and parade. The race will take place at Duke University East Campus and begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28. Register for the race online at

Full Pride Schedule

Want a full schedule of NC Pride events? Visit us online at for more great Pride coverage, with news and event listings for NC Pride in Durham and SC Pride, also scheduled for Sept. 28, in Columbia.