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Charlotte Pride means big business for Uptown Charlotte

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After spending two years in COVID-19 hibernation, Charlotte Pride is back uptown. And it’s not just a crowd of people, it’s a lot of money for a small business.

CHARLOTTE, NC — Charlotte Pride is back in person for the first time since 2019. This means big business is back in town.

Hundreds of thousands of visitors will once again spend millions of dollars as Pride will hold an in-person gathering for the first time since before the COVID-19 pandemic. The last time Pride met in person, 200,000 people were in Charlotte for the event. Organizers are hoping for even more spectators this year.

Charlotte Pride’s offices are buzzing with anticipation for the year’s biggest fundraiser. It’s a giant street festival that hasn’t happened since 2019.

Charlotte Pride Operations Director Matt Cummer said, “We are very excited. After a two-year pandemic hiatus, we finally have the opportunity to bring the city’s largest street festival and parade back uptown. was obtained.”

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Fundraising is more than just big bucks for Pride. That’s a lot of money for the City of Charlotte and local businesses. At Pride Weekend 2019, 200,000 people spent his $8 million.

“Hundreds of thousands of dollars in local hospitality taxes are collected, and the number of hotel rooms in the city is 10,000,” Kammer said. .”

Uptown restaurants think this weekend could make or break summer.

Chris Barriles, Head of Food and Beverage, Angelyn’s and Merchant & Trade, said: “Last year was tough. We had an event planned, but it got cancelled. This year is going to be a big weekend. We have a lot of events to match our pride. 2 drag brunch at Angelyn’s.” 1 time, and 1 afternoon party at the Merchant and Mall. Trade.”

Charlotte Pride is expecting people across the Southeast for the two-day event, Comer said.

“More than 20% of our visitors come from more than 50 miles away,” he said. “A lot of it is in our area, of course, but I’ve met people from New York, Florida, Washington, D.C., and some people from California.”

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All of those people will spend their money tasting Charlotte while they’re here.

“I think a lot of people in the area will be coming to Charlotte to celebrate, and I was thrilled to welcome them all,” Barriles said.

“This is about coming together to show people around the world that we’ve worked hard and won and got back on our feet,” said Comer.

The Pride Parade is the two-day festival’s flagship event, held in Uptown on Sunday. For more information on the Charlotte Pride Parade, including a map of the route, click here.

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Charlotte Pride Facts

Charlotte Pride held its first festival in 2001 and planned to hold its 20th annual celebration in 2020.

Charlotte Pride held its first parade in 2013.

In 2017, the Charlotte Pride Parade became the city’s largest annual parade in terms of participants and marchers.

Annual events include a variety of social and community events ranging from festivals and parades, interfaith services, and events.

In addition to its annual festival and parade, Charlotte Pride hosts the Charlotte Latin Pride, Charlotte Transpride, Charlotte Women’s Pride, Charlotte Pride Scholarship Program, Charlotte Pride Interfaith Services and Programs, and Reel Out Charlotte, Queen City each year. LGBTQ film festival to be held.

2019 Charlotte Pride Economic Impact

  • Total economic impact of $8.05 million
  • $4.79 million in direct visitor spending
  • $284,000 Mecklenburg County tax
  • Estimated 200,000 visitors
  • Estimated 23,000 out-of-town visitors
  • Over 10,000 reserved hotel rooms

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