3. High Point
This week we’re ranking the cities by their respective LGBT Pride festivals, which just wrapped up for the year in spectacular fashion after same-sex marriage became de facto legal in the state of North Carolina. Alas, High Point once again takes last place, because they don’t currently stage a pride festival in the Furniture City.
Remember Greensboro’s Pride Festival, back in September? Neither do we. The fest suffered this year from taking place before the landmark Supreme Court no-decision, but it was still a modest affair based on national standards: a one-day party at Festival Park catering to about 1,400 people.
The economic impact of this past weekend’s Winston-Salem Pride Festival has yet to be tallied, but the weekend-long event featured an estimated 15,000 revelers, five marriages, a drag brunch-crawl and wall-to-wall live music. Bigger festival, better ranking.