South Carolina Becomes Famously Hot for LGBT Pride on Labor Day Weekend
AUGUST 28, 2016 — Labor Day weekend will culminate the 2016 season for South Carolina Pride, now known as Famously Hot South Carolina Pride in partnership with the City of Columbia, as the non-profit organization holds their annual parade and festival in front of the State House on Main Street on September 3rd.
It’s gonna get hot in the city! Famously Hot South Carolina Pride! https://t.co/B4uyWIbrkH
— Tony Snell Rodriguez (@TonyEquality) August 21, 2016
South Carolina Pride goes back 27 years of history, starting out as a movement to advocate LGBT rights within the state of South Carolina while also educating the importance of inclusivity and unity within the state. As of 2015, Famously Hot South Carolina Pride holds the record for the biggest one-day event in the state, bringing in over 35,000 people to the festival that saw entertainers Trina and Expose’ as well as alumni from the hit Logo series RuPaul’s Drag Race take the stage.
— Arik Bjorn (@Bjorn2RunSC) August 17, 2016
This year, the organization is expecting the biggest crowd yet to top the previous year, but with one of the biggest lineups to date. Over nine acts take the Main Stage on Saturday including ’80s pop icon Stacey Q, former Pussycat Doll Jessica Sutta (now known as J Sutta), “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star and singer Erika Jayne, and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks. Also, RuPaul’s Drag Race alumna Phoenix hosts the Drag Race Hour for a third year in a row, bringing along her friends Raven, Yara Sofia, Ivy Winters and Naysha Lopez to close out the festival.
shoutout to South Carolina for having pride and not being ignorant and homophobic for once good job
— nora (@seventeenlin) August 13, 2016
Lots of vendors and sponsors will be in attendance, starting with the annual parade at 12 Noon and moving forward into the festival at 1 PM. Numerous speakers will be in attendance to speak to the public, including Arik Bjorn, the former Republican now turned Democrat running for U.S. Congress, Sheriff Leon Lott of Richland County Sheriff’s Department, and Candis Cox, transgender activist raising funds to fight HB2 in North Carolina.
Along with the festivities in Columbia on September 3rd, the organization has a full schedule of events leading up to the festivities, including special events to promote their first ever sports team project, Pride in the City Sports, as well as other Pride in the City events during the week.