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City of Charlotte Opens Online Application Process for Free Speech Activities During DNC

Charlotte,NC ― The City of Charlotte opened its online application process today at (click “Apply for parade route & speakers forum”) for those who wish to march along a designated parade route or speak at a designated speakers’ platform during the Democratic National Convention (DNC). The City also announced the gathering location, route, and dispersal area for marches.  

Individuals and groups who wish to march along the parade route or access the speakers’ platform must submit an application by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 27. Applications may be submitted online through the web page, in-person at Old City Hall at 600 E. Trade Street, or by fax (704-336-7944). Separate applications must be submitted for the parade route and speakers platform. Detailed instructions are provided on the website at

The City will conduct a lottery on Monday, July 2 at 2:00 p.m. to randomly assign times on September 4, 5, and 6, the days of the DNC. 

Marches, up to six per day, will step off every 40 minutes between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Marchers will assemble at Pearle Street Park, just outside of the I-277 loop. Marchers will exit the park by way of Baxter Street taking a right turn onto McDowell Street. The route will proceed under I-277 to Stonewall Street
where marchers will make a left turn. While traveling up Stonewall, marchers will have a view of Bank of America Stadium, the venue for the final night of the DNC. The route will then turn to the right onto Caldwell Street. While on Caldwell, marchers will have a view of Time Warner Cable Arena, the venue for the first two nights of the DNC. The final turn will be onto Third Street which marchers will follow into Marshall Park, the dispersal area.  

Thirty-minute time slots at the speakers’ platform, up to 20 speakers per day, will be available between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. The location of the speakers’ platform will be announced at a later date once security, transportation, and logistical plans are further developed. 

“The parade route and speakers platform give our residents and visitors an opportunity to have exclusive access to these locations for the exercise of their First Amendment rights,” says Emily Cantrell, DNC Permit Official. “These are not, however, the only opportunities for expressive activity. Except for those that will be closed for security or logistical reasons, all of the public sidewalks and parks in the City will be open and available to anyone and everyone for peaceable free speech, without the need for a permit or permission
from the government.”