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Traffic alert: Thousands coming to uptown Charlotte this weekend

Last year’s Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade brought thousands to uptown.
Last year’s Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade brought thousands to uptown. Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade

The Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade will bring tens of thousands of people into uptown Saturday and Sunday.

The celebration will take place from noon to 10 p.m Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The festival – with vendors, music, exhibits and other features – will stretch along Tryon and College streets, between Stonewall and Ninth streets, so watch for closed roads in that area.

On Sunday the Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tryon Street. The parade will start at Ninth Street and end at Trade Street.

The event is the largest celebration in North Carolina in support of individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning or queer.

Highland Creek road work

A portion of Prosperity Church Road has been closed in northeast Charlotte for a road widening project near Interstate 485.

The road is blocked in both directions from the roundabout at Craven Thomas Road north to McKay Road.

The project will widen the road at the entrance to the Shoppes at Highland Creek to the roundabout at Robert Helms Road. Storm drains and new curbs and gutters also are going in.

This portion of Prosperity Church Road is expected to remain closed through Aug. 22, although weather could affect the schedule. Access to businesses will be maintained during construction.

The detour follows McKay, Craven Thomas, Benfield and Robert Helms roads.

Light rail service interruption

Riding the Lynx Blue Line this weekend to get to the festival, The Comedy Get Down at Time Warner Cable Arena or The Bridal Showcase at the Convention Center might not be an option, depending on how far you’ll be traveling.

Light-rail service will be available on Saturday and Sunday only between the Seventh Street Station uptown and the New Bern Station.

There will be no train service from the Interstate 485/South Boulevard Station to New Bern.

Bus service will be available on the Lynx Connector bus, which will follow the same schedule as the train, according to the Charlotte Area Transit System. That means about every 20 minutes.

CATS will close the stations as it makes improvements to serve more light-rail riders.

Karen Sullivan: kmsulliv@charlotteobserver.com, 704-358-5532, @Sullivan_kms