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

Organizers say they are confident this year will break last year's attendance record of 100,000.

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

Several streets in Charlotte were closed through Sunday evening for the festivities.

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 sponsored a street fair for vendors. Bank of America backed Sunday's gay pride parade, and Wells Fargo added its name to the stage where musical acts performed.