Guide to South Carolina Pride
Monday, September 13, 2021 12:00 AM by Kelsey Carmichael
This year, South Carolina Pride is celebrating 30 years, and celebrating big. The list of events leading up to the weekend has continued to grow, ranging from storytelling at Richland Library, to movie screenings at Nickelodeon Theatre, to Sunday Funday at Craft & Draft. The festival week itself brings in thousands of people, creating a positive buzz in this capital city.
#Brave the Rainbow
If you’re a local, you may have seen window clings in many of Columbia’s storefronts showing off a diagonal rainbow in support of SC Pride. Beginning in 2019, the Brave the Rainbow campaign gives local businesses a chance to show off their support for the LBGTQ+ community and show their excitement for incoming visitors.
Get Lit Night-Time Parade & Concert | Friday, October 22
Warm up with a street party at 6 PM before walking in the Parade down Main Street, which starts at 7 PM. If you’re planning to watch from the sidelines, find the perfect spot along Main, anywhere between Richland and Lady Streets. Bonus points for snagging an outdoor table at Michael's or The Grand for some of the best seats in the house.
You’ll see colorfully lit floats and cars, creative costumes, and tons of positive energy, all with music that will make you want to dance. When the parade is over, the party doesn’t end. Follow it all up with a street dance and concert at 8 PM.
Famously Hot SC Pride Festival | Saturday, October 23
Alright, stop. Collaborate and listen: After you wrap up your morning at Soda City Market, stay on Main for the Famously Hot South Carolina Pride Festival from 12 – 7 PM. Here you can catch food & beverage vendors, community resources, and performances by nationally recognized acts like Vanilla Ice, Sweet Sensation and the Neon Queen.
If you’re going to the festival with the kiddos, look out for the Family Pride Area at Main & Washington Streets, where you’ll find the Richland Library bus. The Family Pride Area is provided by a partnership with the Harriet Hancock Center Foundation. Head to this alcohol-free zone to hang with other families and give the kids a chance to meet new friends. Back again by popular demand, Drag Story Time starts at 1 PM and showcases favorite children’s books read aloud, along with a drag performer showcasing artistic expression during the reading.
As Vanilla Ice would say, "now that the party is jumpin" keep things going at The Aftermath at The Senate. You'll enjoy performances from Phoenix, Heidi N Closet, Joey Jay, and more along with dance music by DJ Trevor D. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
Keep up with announcements on the full list of headliners + events leading up to the festival (and the official after parties) on the Famously Hot South Carolina Pride Facebook.
To maximize safety among vendors, guests, volunteers and entertainment, the following Covid-19 Safety measures will be implemented throughout the weekend.
- All vendors and patrons are asked to please stay home if you are positive for COVID-19, are showing symptoms of COVID-19, or have had close contact with a person with symptoms in the past 14 days.
- All vendors and patrons are asked to maintain 6+ feet of social distancing at all times at our events.
- The City of Columbia mask ordinance is in place, so all patrons, vendors, and businesses participating in our events are required to properly wear a face mask. (Masks are not required for children age 2 and younger.)
- Please refrain from all hand and body contact with other patrons and vendors.
- We ask all patrons to please refrain from handling products at vendor booths. Please ask the business for assistance.
- Hand sanitizing stations will be available at our events.
- Throughout the event, safety protocols will be announced from the Stage.
For more things to do while you’re in town for the weekend, check out our blog page.