Charlotte Pride Festivities, Parade Canceled Due to Coronavirus Concerns

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte Pride, the Queen City's largest parade and festival that celebrates the LGBTQ community will be canceled as organizers act to keep would-be attendees healthy from COVID-19.

Pride week in Charlotte was planned for Friday, July 24 through Sunday, August 2, 2020. It was supposed to be Charlotte Pride's 20th anniversary celebrating visibility, empowerment, and community-building.

However, nearly three months before the colorful week, organizers canceled it Tuesday.

"It's really hard for everyone," said Daniel Valdez, the president of the Charlotte Pride Board of Directors. "There were a lot of emotions around it."

The decision, which Valdez said was not made lightly, was concluded along with Charlotte Pride's partner, Charlotte Black Pride, as COVID-19 continues to spread across the Carolinas, including in Charlotte.

"We decided to cancel the festival because of the health and safety of all of the attendees," Valdez said in an exclusive interview with WCNC Charlotte.

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