Famously Hot SC Pride Parade

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

To be announced…

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 on FRIDAY NIGHT!

Festivities start at 6pm with a street party, followed by the Parade and then the Get Lit concert.

Famously Hot SC Pride will again host the night-time parade—the Official Kick-Off for South Carolina Pride Festival. Get Lit Night Parade presented by Colonial Life will be held on Friday, October 20, 2023, starting at 7:00pm. At the end of the parade, there will be a dance party and concert celebration on Main Street.

The parade starts at Main Street and Laurel Street and moves south to Lady Street.

We would love to have you and your organization join us this year for our night-time parade. We strongly encourage colorfully lit floats, cars, groups of people, along with fun and appropriate music. Parades really get crowds excited for Pride, and we want to make the biggest impact we can.

Questions? parade@scpride.org

SC Pride Festival Map & Parade Route
Festival & Parade Map - Click to enlarge

Sign and Send to info@scpride.org


You will be sent staging and route information with your confirmation email. The parade route could change before October 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 (the corner of Laurel and Main streets) between 6:00pm and 6:30pm. Do not come to the staging area before 6:00pm since the street will not yet be closed. The parade will start no sooner than 7:00pm.
  2. Nudity and obscenity will not be permitted. Any unit that does not comply with this rule will be removed from the parade.
  3. 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.
  4. There is NO RAIN DATE for the parade.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Parade entrants 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 entrant’s organization, its members, and any persons participating in its contingent, including attorney’s fees and other legal costs.
  8. 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