South Carolina Pride
Monday, September 28, 2020 4:00 PM by Jeff March
Famously Hot South Carolina Pride's 31st annual Festival and Parade was scheduled for October 16 & 17, held annually on Main Street in Columbia. This year, due to COVID-19, the festival and parade have been canceled, but SC Pride is urging people to still find their own Pride and Brave the Rainbow.
A Message from South Carolina Pride
As we come up on what would have been (we hope) an amazing time for LGBT people and their allies, SC Pride is reminded that our community has weathered all kinds of downturns in our storied history. But we've also risen to great heights, and we—as a strong community—will again.
We have followed closely the precautions, worries, and general aura of the new climate in which we all live, and have acted accordingly to postpone and move our events around. Unfortunately, it also means we've canceled everything for 2020, with hopes for 2021. We are still trying to keep a finger on the pulse of when we might be able to hold another event—even a smaller one—but we know that currently that isn't in the best interest of our community.
How to Support Pride
We still urge businesses to Brave the Rainbow, our initiative to outwardly display support of the LGBT community of our state, and you can still see those stickers in windows around South Carolina. You can learn more about this at bravetherainbow.org.
We still urge the community to support LGBT performers and organizations and businesses the best ways they can, and however works for them as individuals. We know these are troubling times, and uncertainty continues to infuse itself into everything we all do.
One way to show Pride is to wear your tshirts, pins, bandanas, face masks— whatever you have that you feel comfortable with wearing. Now is the best time to stand together however we can as a community. We are not asking for you to purchase from us— but if you'd like to, you can at www.scpride.org.
South Carolina Pride has existed in one form or another since 1989— and we have no intentions of changing that. We stand proud with our LGBT siblings and our allies, and know that our current message of BE BRAVE has even more meaning now than it did before.
So, for 2020, we remind everyone: as you not only brave the day-to-day, now is a perfect time to Brave the Rainbow, and live the best life you can. We'll see you in some form or another in 2021. Stay tuned for updates on events in the future on our social media.
South Carolina Pride Movement, located in Columbia, SC, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the needs of the LGBTQ+ community and its partners through educational events, entertainment, community outreach, and celebrations of diversity throughout the year.
SC Pride produces each year the Famously Hot SC Pride Festival, Get Lit Nighttime Parade & Concert, OutFest Columbia, and more. The Pride Festival, held in October each year on Main Street, is one of the largest outdoor festivals in the city and the largest LGBT event in the state.