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2-Minute Charlotte: Prepare for the city’s largest gay pride event ever

2-Minute Charlotte gets you caught up on the day’s most important local news before your coffee has a chance to cool down. Today’s edition: 265 words. Expected reading time: 1 minute, 19 seconds.

More than 100,000 people are expected uptown this weekend for the Charlotte Pride festival, a number that would once again make it Charlotte’s largest gay pride event ever. The highlight is Sunday’s parade, with nearly 3,000 registered participants.

THE BACK STORY: Charlotte has hosted a pride event off and on for 15 years, but attendance has set a record every year since 2011 – when 25,000 people attended. The crowd should be particularly energized this year because of the series of court rulings that made gay marriage legal in North Carolina and then the country as a whole.

WHY THIS MATTERS: The rapid growth of this event is a reflection of how the city has changed over the past few years. As Matt Comer, the editor of Q Notes and marketing director for the event, put it: “It’s not all that long ago that people who might have been seen participating in a gay pride event here would have been fired the following day in this once-conservative church and banking town.”

What people are talking about

CAM NEWTON FIGHT: The franchise quarterback and starting corner Josh Norman threw down (kind of) at practice Monday. There have been all sorts of fire-hot takes. But seriously, who hasn’t shoved a dude while playing pickup?

WATCH OUT FOR AN AX-WIELDING CLOWN: The stuff of nightmares is happening in Hickory.

50 “DIE IN” TO SUPPORT FERRELL: The protest came as the trial of CMPD officer Randall “Wes” Kerrick continues.

What to watch for

NEW NOT JUST COFFEE LOCATION: Now the famous pour-over brew will be available for people in the southern part of uptown.

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