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What to know before heading uptown for Pride Festival; Panthers vs. Chiefs

Officials are expecting thousands to be uptown this weekend for the Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade, as well as the Sunday night Carolina Panthers game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Pride Festival will run from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, with a number of street closures around uptown.

Organizers said they expect more than 80,000 people over the course of the two-day event.

The PNC Bank Festival Zone will run along South Tryon Street between Stonewall and Fourth Street.

The Wells Fargo Stage – between Stonewall and Levine Avenue – will feature R&B singer Sevyn Streeter at 8 p.m. Saturday and LeAnn Rimes at 4 p.m. Sunday.

The Pride Parade will start at 1 p.m. Sunday at Ninth and Tryon streets, and the route will run along Tryon to Third Street, according to the city.

Sunday evening, the Panthers and Chiefs will play at Bank of America Stadium, with an 8 p.m. kickoff. Mint Street will be closed between Morehead and Stonewall Streets before and after the game.

Weekend street closures will create a number of temporary detours for a handful of Charlotte Area Transit System buses.

While the Lynx light rail usually runs every 20 minutes on the weekend, trip frequencies will be increased to every 10 minutes, CATS officials said Friday.

While uptown is expected to be crowded this weekend, officials have not deemed it an “extraordinary event,” a designation that gives Charlotte-Mecklenburg police and city officials more control over the types of items that can be brought into the area.

Trenda: 704-358-5089; Twitter: @htrenda
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