- Associated Press - Saturday, August 15, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Charlotte is flying the rainbow flag as tens of thousands of supporters attend the Queen City’s annual gay pride festival and parade.

The festival opening Saturday includes a parade, festival and stage shows. Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter and three other members of the 12-member city council have prominent roles in events throughout the weekend.

The event celebrates the Charlotte metro area’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

Major banks are the big sponsors in the global financial center. PNC Bank is sponsoring a street fair for vendors. Bank of America is backing Sunday’s gay pride parade, and Wells Fargo adding its name to the stage where musical acts will perform.

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