Pride Charlotte Festival

Michael Tomsic

Charlotte held its annual gay pride festival over the weekend, and organizers say it was the biggest one in the city's history. They say about 45,000 people turned out. The passage of a state amendment banning gay marriage was on the minds of many there.

The Pride Charlotte Festival has grown into a huge event that takes over a few blocks of South Tryon Street for the whole weekend.

"I want to welcome you to day two - day two - of Pride Charlotte 2012," a local drag queen named Roxy said on one of the main stages to get the party going again Sunday.