We invite you to join us for our annual Parade down Main Street!

SC Pride is celebrating 25 years of organizing Pride Celebrations in South Carolina!

The parade will be held at noon on Saturday, September 20, in downtown Columbia.

So come out and help us support, celebrate, educate, and advocate for the LGBT community of South Carolina.

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Start your pride day by marching in or viewing the Pride Parade! Assemble at 11:00 am on the corner of Main and Laurel streets.

We will be carrying a giant RAINBOW FLAG in the parade! Be sure to toss dollars and change in to donate to SC Pride and help make Pride even stronger!

Apply below or Download a PDF

Participants will be judge based on:

- Most Spirited Group
- Pride Colors

Float Rental

SC Pride recommends the following companies if you need to rent a float for the 2014 Parade:

South Eastern Floats – 803-655-5534 – www.southeasternfloats.com

Kirby Floats – 803.359.3134 – www.kirbyparadefloats.com


Justin Wise, Parade Coordinator —  803-533-8133 or parade@scpride.org


You will be sent staging and route information with your confirmation email. The parade route could change before September 20 pending changes from the City of Columbia.

  1. All participants must check in with the Parade Captain at the staging area. Participants are required to be present at the staging area between 10:45am and 11:15am. Do not come to the staging area before 10:45am since the street will not yet be closed. The parade will start promptly at noon.
  2. Participants must march in their assigned sequence location to participate and be judged. Judging categories include: Best Float, Best Walking Group and Best Car/Motorcycle Group.
  3. The South Carolina Pride Committee requests that when feasible, participating units reflect the theme of this year’s celebration.
  4. Nudity and obscenity will not be permitted. Any unit that does not comply with this rule will be removed from the parade.
  5. The South Carolina Pride Committee reserves the right to remove any person or unit from the pre-parade assembly area or parade who it considers a hindrance to the progress of the parade, or places other participants or spectators in danger, or violates any of the Terms and Conditions set forth.
  6. There is NO RAIN DATE for the parade.
  7. Participants are encouraged to obtain insurance for their property against fire, theft, vandalism, or destruction. Participants agree that the South Carolina Pride Movement will not be liable for any loss to their property.
  8. South Carolina Pride reserves the right to accept or reject any application for the parade. By applying to participate in the parade, participants agree that their participation shall be supportive of, and appropriate to, the purpose of the Pride Celebration which are:
    a) Educate citizens about issues & concerns of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens.
    b) Promote & provide cultural activities within the gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender community.
    c) Advocate for and encourage the participation of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in the educational, cultural and civic life of the state of South Carolina.
    d) Increase the visibility of the gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender communities in the state of South Carolina.
    e) Enhance the quality of life of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in the state of South Carolina.
  9. Parade entrants agree to indemnify and hold harmless the South Carolina Pride Movement, it’s directors, officers, volunteers and agents against any and all claims (including Attorney’s fees) imposed on, incurred by, or asserted against any of the parties identified above, caused by an act or omission of anyone, or arising in connection with, the activities conducted by the parade entrant with the parade.
  10. City of Columbia Police Department has stated the throwing of any objects (beads, candy, etc) during the parade from floats, cars, motorcycles or walking groups is strictly prohibited.

Parade Application

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Choose which group your entry falls under for winning "best" of the Parade

By typing your name and entering the date and pressing Submit, you hereby agree to the terms and conditions for the South Carolina Pride Movement listed below and hereby agree to abide by them.

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