Comedian Ian Harvie will perform on Friday, Oct. 1
and at the Pride Charlotte festival on Saturday, Oct. 2.

A new date. A new location. Organizers say Pride Charlotte is set to be cooler, bolder and better than ever.

The 2010 Pride Charlotte Festival kicks off on Oct. 2, 11 a.m. at the NC Music Factory, 820 Hamilton St., in Uptown Charlotte. The Music Factory, located just off Graham St., is home to some of Charlotte’s newest and hippest bars and clubs and to Pride Charlotte’s parent organization, the Lesbian & Gay Community Center of Charlotte.

More than a dozen feature entertainers are set to grace Pride Charlotte stages, including singers Pepper Mashay, Richard Cortez and Gordon Roque, along with Sharon Hazel, Rodie Ray, Jill Austin and SK8. Also on the line-up: Comedian/actor Ian Harvie, Charlotte Pride Band, Mid East Dance Ensemble, participants from this year’s Pride Charlotte Pageantry System and Roxy C. Moorecox. DJs will be spinning all day on the Dance Stage.

Other than official Pride Charlotte events during the day, there will be plenty to keep you busy. On Oct. 2, Brief! a Fete for Fashion brings the hot guys and underwear back to the runway stage for a second year’s benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Afterward, the boys of Just Twirl present their hopping party, Twirl with Pride.

Be sure to catch our article on Pride Charlotte and their changes. A full listing of events and stage line-ups are below (event and line-up schedules are subject to change; see for the most up-to-date listings).

Pride Week Events

Wednesday, Sept. 29. Community Roundtable: What does Pride mean to me?
Lesbian & Gay Community Center, 820 Hamilton St. Suite B11. 7 p.m. Free.

Thursday, Sept. 30. Pride Potluck.
Meet the members of the Pride Charlotte Task Force. Bring a dish to share.
Lesbian & Gay Community Center, 820 Hamilton St. Suite B11. 7 p.m. Free.

Friday, Oct. 1. Comedian Ian Harvey.
Advance tickets, $10, now on sale at Community Center.
Halo, N.C. Music Factory. 8 p.m. 18+ only.

Saturday, Oct. 2 Entertainment Line-up

Stage 1
11:00 a.m. One Voice
11:15 Charlotte Pride Band
11:45 Ronnie Paulley
12:15 p.m. Richard Cortez
12:45 Jill Austin
01:30 Southern Country Charlotte
02:15 Rodie Ray
03:00 Ian Harvie
03:30 SK8
04:00 Pepper Mashay
05:00 Pride Charlotte Drag Show

Stage 2
11:00 a.m. Morning Drag Review
Noon Mr. Red
12:30 Mid East Dance Ensemble
01:00 Kylie Schwartz
01:15 Pride Charlotte Talent Search Winner
01:30 Gordon Roque’
02:15 Kabarett Vulgare
03:15 Sharon Hazel
04:00 Petra’s Cabaret
04:30 One Voice Chorus
05:00 Soto Voice
05:30 TBA

Want more details on Pride Charlotte or other events during Pride weekend? Click over to our Q Events Calendar, or visit

One reply on “Preview: Pride Charlotte events”

  1. Where is the other media coverage on Pride? I checked area calendars for the Observer, Creative Loafing and other charlotte calendars and there was no mention of Pride. What’s the big secret this year?

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