Parade

We invite you to join us our second NIGHT PARADE as we LIGHT UP THE NIGHT at our annual Parade down Main Street!

Last year was a HUGE hit and we’re bringing it back! Join us as we GET LIT for SC Pride!

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

Start your Pride weekend by marching in or viewing the Pride Parade, now on FRIDAY NIGHT!

We are so excited that our 29th year, Famously Hot SC Pride will again host the night-time parade—the Official Kick-Off for South Carolina Pride Festival. Get Lit Night-Time Parade will be held on Friday, October 19, 2018, starting at 7 pm. At the end of the parade, there will be a dance party and concert celebration on Main Street.

We would love to have you and your organization join us this year for our night-time parade.

Thank you for support and consideration! More details coming soon!

Questions? parade@scpride.org

Parade Application 2018

Please fill out this form to apply to be in the parade. Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required.
  • This name will be announced by the emcee.
  • Please choose the ONE category that best suits your organization.
  • Enter a description of your group, to be read by the emcee during the parade.
  • By signing and submitting this form, you agree to the following:

    Vehicle Insurance
    I state my organization will ensure that sufficient liability insurance will cover all vehicles we use during the Light It Up Parade, including vehicles used as part of Light It Up Parade and support vehicles brought into formation or dispersal for the transport of equipment.

    Liability
    I state that my organization understands it shall be liable for any damage or injury resulting from the action or negligence of my organization, its members, or any persons participating in its content.

    Indemnification
    I state that on behalf of my organization and its members, I agree to indemnify and hold South Carolina Pride Movement Inc., its members, officers, agents and associated personnel harmless from and against all claims, liabilities, or damages arising out of any and all acts or omissions of my organization, its members, and any persons participating in its contingent, including attorney's fees and other legal costs.

    Rules & Regulations
    I have read the 2018 Get Lit Rules & Regulations (below) and understand and accept my organization's responsibilities.

    Group Notification + Cooperation
    I will notify and forward all information pertaining to the Get Lit Parade, including the General Rules and FAQs, to each member of the group, at least one week prior to the Parade. I am responsible for each member of the group's understanding of these materials, and for ensuring their cooperation throughout the evening of the parade.

PARADE TERMS & CONDITIONS

You will be sent staging and route information with your confirmation email. The parade route could change before October 19, 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 (the corner of Laurel and Main streets) between 5:30pm and 5:45pm. Do not come to the staging area before 5:30pm since the street will not yet be closed. The parade will start promptly at 7pm.
  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. Nudity and obscenity will not be permitted. Any unit that does not comply with this rule will be removed from the parade.
  4. 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.
  5. There is NO RAIN DATE for the parade.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

Float Rental

Reserve your floats early. Floats WILL sell out. SC Pride recommends the following companies if you need to rent a float for the Parade:

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

Kirby Parade Floats – 803-359-3134 – www.kirbyparadefloats.com