SC Pride board votes to cancel 2020 festival and parade

Columbia, SC — The South Carolina Pride Movement today announced that the 2020 Famously Hot SC Pride Festival and Parade, which draws more than 80,000 people to Main Street Columbia, will not be held due to the ongoing pandemic. The Festival has only been canceled one other time since it began in 1990.

The event was originally planned for the weekend of October 16, 2020.

“We regret deeply that Famously Hot Soth Carolina Pride cannot be held this year,” said Jeff March, president of the organization’s board. “Gatherings of any kind— especially those the size of Pride Festivals— are not responsible at this time.”

SC Pride joins more than 500 Pride celebrations worldwide who have had to cancel.

The SC Pride Committee is exploring a variety of events throughout the year to come to keep the community engaged. Though the SC Pride Festival and Parade are its biggest annual events, the work the organization does throughout the year goes beyond any single moment. Its ongoing purpose is 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 is very sensitive to people whose first opportunity to experience an LGBT celebration is our Pride,” March said,” and we hate that this comes in such an important year of LGBT history.”

The Committee is working with the City of Columbia to determine when best to safely return to South Carolina’s Main Street, and entertaining many options for events in the coming months.