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Our 30 favorite Instagram images from Charlotte Pride 2016

By CLTure (Cover photo by @nrend)

August 21, 2016

In 2001, a grassroots organization called Charlotte Pride hosted a yearly event at Marshall Park celebrating the LGBTQ community. After a tumultuous event in 2005 that brought a record number of anti-LGBT protesters, the new “Pride Charlotte” was organized. The first series of annual events took place in Gateway Village from 2006 to 2009 and in 2010, the festival moved to North Carolina Music Factory. In 2011 the festival made a historic move to Uptown on Tryon st. to the Levine Avenue of the Arts just a week before the DNC.

Hitting record numbers in 2013, the festival and parade has continued to grow significantly, making an economic impact of $11.9 million dollars in 2015 with an estimated 120,000 visitors.

With recent legislation that has caused a bit of controversy and a lot of unwanted attention to the state of North Carolina, we imagine that 2016 was another record breaking year for Charlotte Pride.

We enjoyed looking through so many photos from this two-day celebration of diversity and culture in Uptown on Instagram. So, we decided to share our favorites to highlight some of the best moments of Charlotte Pride 2016.

Miss Hydrate and Mayor Roberts #cltpride

A photo posted by Hydrate Medical (@hydratemedical) on

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A photo posted by Young Provocateur ? (@qbgino) on

#cltpride love trumps hate??

A photo posted by madison dahl (@madzun) on

A photo posted by Wayfarer99 (@wayfarer99) on

@cltpride parade is underway! @peacecorps supporting #equality for all. #cltpride #parade #charlottesgotalot

A photo posted by Charlotte’s got a lot (@charlottesgotalot) on

The music and the love were to die for. #cltpride #cltphotographer

A photo posted by Arigato 8/8 (@d4riuss) on

#pridecharlotte #godlovesall #whatwouldjesusdo #love #CLTPride

A photo posted by Amelia Marina Elizabeth L. (@oo__barracuda) on

Loved seeing @davidsoncollege out at the pride parade today. #cltpride #equality

A photo posted by Marisa Wilson, Interior Design (@artfulinteriorsnc) on

Celebrating Velma and Daphne. #CLTPride

A photo posted by Jamey McKan (@theothermckan) on

How to properly deal with protesters #cltpride #kudostothiswoman #lovewins

A photo posted by Jacky Crosier (@cuzjacky) on

All you need is love ?

A photo posted by Allie Mae (@xalliemae) on

I’ve been color blind my whole life but I know the city looks it’s best tonight. #love #nohate

A photo posted by Lewis Norman (@normthestorm5) on

Pokemon made Pride ? #cltpride #happypride #pride #charlotte

A photo posted by Jacob Mrozowski (@jlmrozowski) on

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A photo posted by Sabrina Jordão (@sabrinajordao) on

#happypride❤️????

A photo posted by brittany slack (@bslacky) on

Glad to walk all four years #yallmeansall #cltpride #cltpride2016 #pride #loveislove #itgetsbetter

A photo posted by aplaidfool (@aplaidfool) on

No hate in our state | ?: @armandotamargo

A photo posted by Meredith ?? Dean (@merenator) on

#cltpride Pride Puppy.

A photo posted by Trish Saemann (@trishsaemann) on

Looked like someone pulled some strings for the perfect ending to the parade #cltpride.

A photo posted by Craft Tasting Room & Growler (@craftgrowlershop) on

another one in the books, #charlotte.

A photo posted by The Charlotte Experience (@charlotteexperience) on

Standing on a road post on Trade & Tryon ????❤️?????❤️ #cltpride

A photo posted by Connie Tran (@bamboodolphin) on

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A photo posted by Patrick ? (@wickedplant) on

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A photo posted by n i c k?r e n d (@nrend) on

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